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Is Is­rael Fo­lau-ting his opin­ion? The re­cent con­tro­versy over Maria Fo­lau’s new hus­band has been a ma­jor talk­ing point in the me­dia on both sides of the ditch.

Per­son­ally, I feel he needs to put his big boy pants on and apol­o­gise for voic­ing his be­liefs when he is in such a po­si­tion of in­flu­ence. While I do not like what he said, it is his choice to be­lieve what he wants.

How­ever, he also has to be aware of the con­se­quences of preach­ing (what some may re­gard as hate speech), to the young, vul­ner­a­ble and un­sure.

It would be horrific to think that his reli­gious view­point could be a cat­a­lyst in a young per­son harm­ing them­selves for be­liev­ing what they feel is so wrong. Re­li­gion is a choice. Sex­u­al­ity is not.

Choos­ing to be a Chris­tian should be about be­ing kind, ac­cept­ing and non-judg­men­tal. Treat oth­ers as you would like to be treated; isn’t that one of the main rules? I’m sure Mr Fo­lau would not like to be told he was off to hell in a hand bas­ket for play­ing for Aus­tralia.

Rachel Har­ri­son REPORTER: Mary-Jo Tohill (03) 418 1115 or 0274 372 683, Mary-Jo.Tohill@stuff.co.nz SALES MAN­AGER: Jody Pear­son, 027 472 9441, Jody.Pear­son@stuff.co.nz ME­DIA SALES: Lilly Cur­tis 027 405 3786, Lilly.Cur­tis@stuff.co.nz; Rachel Har­ri­son 027 210 6528, rachel.har­ri­son@stuff.co.nz; Phil Lemin 027 801 7961, phil.lemin@stuff.co.nz CLAS­SI­FIEDS: LaDonna Ry­der/Me­gan Pope, (03) 418 1115, Email: clutha.leader@stl.co.nz NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, Ge­off.Mein@stuff.co.nz.

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