Australian Christian Lobby donates $100k to Israel Folau, launches fundraiser

Australian Christian Lobby donates $100k to Israel Folau, launches fundraiser

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has launched a new fundraising campaign for Israel Folau on their own website after GoFundMe removed the controversial rugby player’s fundraising page.

The ACL made an initial $100,000 donation to the new fundraiser, which has already raised over $400,000.

“There is an outpouring of support for Israel Folau from the Australian community, who see Israel’s case as their case,” said ACL Managing Director Martyn Iles.

Regarding the $100,000 donation for Mr Folau’s legal defence, on their fundraising page Mr Iles claimed “it’s right and it sets an important legal precedent.”

Mr Folau initially set up the GoFundMe page to raise $3,000,000 for his legal fight against Rugby Australia after the sports body officially terminated his contract on 21 May this year.

The termination followed a post made by Mr Folau containing a biblical message, which said hell awaits “Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters.”

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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GoFundMe shut down Mr Folau’s fundraising page on 24 June because it violated the fundraising site’s terms of service.

Nicola Britton, the Regional Manager of GoFundMe, said: “As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.”

She added that GoFundMe does “not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.”

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