BELIEFS IN OPEN TAKE A HIDING
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.”