Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has come to the defence of star rugby player Israel Folau who has been attacked for expressing his religious beliefs.
In response to a question about “God’s plan for gay people” Folau posted on Instagram that he believed gay people would go to “hell unless they repent of their sins and turn to God”.
Those comments were too much for Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, the Wallabies’ major sponsor.
An openly gay man, Joyce was a high-profile campaigner for same-sex marriage and donated $1 million of his own money to support the cause.
Media reports suggested Qantas would pull its sponsorship if further “homophobic statements” were made by Folau or other players.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News he thinks that kind of corporate bullying is out of step with freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
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Picture: Alan Joyce