The treatment of Christian rugby great Israel Folau and Rugby Australia’s finding against him this week has sent shock waves through the Christian community, according to Australian Conservatives Queensland Senate candidate Lyle Shelton.
Mr Shelton has launched a radio advertising campaign on Christian radio stations on the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and other regional centres urging Christians to vote Australian Conservatives in the Senate to protect their freedom of speech before it is too late.
“If your values are not considered politically correct, then you’re in trouble. Just look at Israel Folau,” the advertisement warns.
Mr Shelton said Australians were told there would be no consequences after same-sex marriage came in.
“But now it is ‘hate speech’ to quote the Bible and the pressure is mounting on Christians to be silent about their moral views,” Mr Shelton said.
“It seems like only one group of ‘sinners’ in Israel Folau’s long list from the Bible have no tolerance for diversity of thought and speech.”
Mr Shelton said the fact that players who had sexually abused women, coerced their girlfriends into aborting their babies, taken drugs and disgraced themselves while being drunk were still playing in the various football codes showed that some code of conduct violations were taken more seriously than others.
“There is a clear double standard at play here. The truth is there is a concerted effort by political and corporate elites like the Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to drive out of the public square expressions of Christian morality with which they disagree,” Mr Shelton said the Conservative Party would fight for the freedom of speech of all Australians.
“It’s just that Christians in post-same-sex marriage Australia seem to be the canaries in the coal mine as the elites double down on the thought and speech that they hate. If Israel Folau’s freedom of speech is not safe, then no Australian’s is,” Mr Shelton said.
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