BE­LIEFS IN OPEN TAKE A HID­ING

Herald Sun - - NEWS - MATTHEW BENNS

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

The fall­out from Wal­laby star Is­rael Fo­lau’s un­com­pro­mis­ing state­ment of his re­li­gious be­liefs has brought con­dem­na­tion from cor­po­rate spon­sors but sup­port from one of the greats of the game.

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

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.

“I am sure that the way it was orig­i­nally ex­pressed has been taken by many peo­ple as an in­ten­tion to judge peo­ple,” Farr-Jones said.

“But he was re­ply­ing to a ques­tion. I un­der­stand where Is­rael is com­ing from and he is ex­tremely com­pas­sion­ate.”

Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tives se­na­tor Cory Bernardi said: “Good on Is­rael Fo­lau for hav­ing the courage of his con­vic­tions and not bow­ing his head to the cor­po­rate spear-tackle.”

Is­rael Fo­lau

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