It’s all about free speech

April 18, 2018

High-profile Christians are now so wary of being publicly shamed for their beliefs some are keeping their faith under wraps.

The Daily Telegraph reports, the fallout from Wallaby star Israel Folau’s (pictured) uncompromising statement of his religious beliefs has brought condemnation from corporate sponsors but support from a leading politician and one of the greats of the game.

Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi said: “In a world where it seems compulsory to support people choosing their own gender, sexuality, skin colour and ethnicity — the only unacceptable choice is to support Christian values in the public square.”

“Good on Israel Folau for having the courage of his convictions and not bowing his head to the corporate spear-tackle,” Senator Bernardi said.

World Cup-winner Nick Farr-Jones said, “I too am a Christian and therefore can fully understand what he is saying and what his faith and belief is.”

Folau has been condemned for posting his belief that God’s plan for gay people was “hell”.

The 29-year-old wrote a column on the PlayersVoice website to deny “that I am homophobic and bigoted and that I have a problem with gay people”. But he has refused to back away from his faith and his belief that all sinners, not just homosexuals, are doomed.

The reaction to his comments has sparked a bitter public debate centred on the right for anyone to express their opinion.

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