Posts Tagged ‘Israel Folau’

AFL club CEO steps down, saying “My faith is not tolerated”

Thursday, October 6th, 2022
AFL CEO faith not tolerated

The newly appointed CEO of AFL club Essendon said he was forced to step down from the position because of his role as a church chairman, and believes his “personal Christian faith is not tolerated or permitted in the public square”. Former NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn (pictured) said, “I was being required to compromise beyond Read more

Israel Folau stands by social media posts

Monday, May 24th, 2021

An unapologetic Israel Folau says he has no regrets about his controversial religious views as he aims to resurrect his sporting career at an amateur Gold Coast rugby league club, with backing from billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer. The former rugby union and rugby league international has signed with Southport Tigers, who play in Gold Read more

Parents outraged at school’s pro-Israel Folau assignment

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Parental objection has seen a Catholic secondary school cancel a pro-Israel Folau assignment. The assignment was signed off by “the Religious Education Year 9 Team” at St Patrick’s Marist College in New South Wales. “Your mission is to present to your Local Member of Federal Parliament a letter expressing deep concern for the future of Read more

Israel Folau’s cousin let go by St Gregory’s College

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The religious beliefs of Josiah Folau, Israel Folau’s cousin, means he is no longer employed by Sydney’s St Gregory’s College. Josiah Folau left his employment at the Catholic college following a conversation with a person who attended a service at Pastor Eni Folau’s family house and writing a letter to a parent. In the course Read more

Disturbing new claims made about Israel Folau and his church

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

A parent of a young rugby player has made disturbing claims about the radical teachings of former Wallaby star Israel Folau’s church. The mother became concerned when Folau started inviting fellow players to the Truth of Jesus Christ Church in Sydney’s north-west. The church was set up by Folau’s father Eni in 2013. The mother Read more

PM defends Folau’s right to religious freedom

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is vowing to bring in new laws to protect religious people after rugby star Israel Folau was sacked for sharing a message from the Bible. Morrison says he wants to make a bipartisan deal to bring in the new laws. When asked if he thinks Folau has been persecuted for Read more

Church must renounce biblical-based homophobia

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Israel Folau’s now notorious declaration that queer people (“homosexuals”) are going to hell is not only harmful to our queer and takatāpui youth, it is also theologically incorrect. But it is not just Australia experiencing an overtly public wave of religiously motivated homophobia. Brian Tamaki, controversial leader of Destiny Church and co-founder of the Coalition Read more

Israel Folau ‘sacked by Qantas’: One Nation politician attacks

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Rugby Australia (RA) boss Raelene Castle and Qantas have been attacked in New South Wales parliament by the state’s One Nation leader Mark Latham. Among various statements, Latham said Australians were concerned about the loss of religious freedom. “How in 2019 do we look at Israel Folau and wonder how a football player and resident Read more

Israel Folau finds fault with the Catholic Church

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Israel Folau has attacked the Catholic Church because Catholics do not read the Bible. Folau is a rugby player who is fullback for the New South Wales Waratahs and Australia’s national team the Wallabies. Last Wednesday in an Instagram post, Folau suggested homosexuals and other groups – including drunks and atheists – were destined for Read more