Tennis legend Margaret Court, an Australian who holds the world record for Grand Slam wins, is scheduled to receive her country's highest honor on Jan. 26. But LGBTQ activists and their allies are attacking Court because of her Bible-based opposition to "gay marriage," gay adoption, and related issues. Rev. Franklin Graham said they are accusing her of "spewing hate," and Bible-believing Christians should show their support for Margaret Court.
"Australian Margaret Court is 78 now, but was one of the world’s greatest women’s tennis players, dominating women’s tennis back in the 1960’s and 1970’s," said Graham in a Jan. 23 post on Facebook.
"I am privileged to know her, and last saw her a couple of years ago when I was in Australia," he said. "She is such a fine lady who stands on her Christian faith and believes what the Bible says."
"She was recently named to receive her country’s highest honor, but some, including two governors are being very vocal about their opposition -- all because she believes what the Bible says about homosexuality and doesn’t back down from that position," said the reverend.
"A state leader recently said her views were disgraceful and bigoted," added Graham. "Sadly, we are living in a time when some say that quoting the Bible’s truth is 'spewing hate.' Why should Margaret Court’s firmly held religious beliefs cause her to be discriminated against?"
"I thank her for courageously standing with the Word of Almighty God," said Graham. "Join me in sharing some encouraging words with Margaret in the comments below [on Facebook]."
Margaret Court holds the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, a record she has held for 48 years and counting, reported The Indian Express. Her country is set to award her the Companion of the Order of Australia on Tuesday, which is Australia Day.
Court, who is an ordained Pentecostal minister, has criticized lesbian tennis players who have children, stating in one case that it "is with sadness that I see that this baby has seemingly been deprived of his father.”
In a 2017 interview on 20Twenty Vision Christian Radio, Court disclosed that the professional tennis world is "filled with lesbians."
Also, as reported by RepublicWorld.com, Court said of transgenderism, "You know, even that LGBT in the schools, it's the devil, it's not of God. Children are making the decision at seven or eight years of age to change their sex -- no, just read the first two chapters of Genesis, that's all I say. Male and female.
"It's so wrong because a lot of things are planted in this thought realm at that age, and they start to question 'what am I'. And you know with that LGBT, they'll wish they never put the T on the end of it because, particularly in women's sports, they're going to have so many problems."
Tennis champion John McEnroe said of Court, “[T]here’s only one thing longer than the list of Margaret Court’s tennis achievements: it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements.”
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, a lesbian, said, “It is clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe.”
According to The Indian Express, "Along with her record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, Court won 19 women’s doubles majors and 21 mixed doubles crowns. She’s among only three players – along with Navratilova and American player Doris Hart – to have achieved a Grand Slam Boxed Set (winning all four Grand Slams in singles, doubles and mixed doubles). But she’s the only player to have done it twice."