Israel Folau (he who we avoided naming for days now) made headlines for who knows how many days running today. However, today’s headlines come in response to his defence of prominent gay rights activist Magda Szubanski. The former footballer came to her defence in response to a plea from Julia Baird on Twitter. After Julia’s tweet, Folau responded in agreement.
“Hey everyone I totally agree with @bairdjulia — please stop the anonymous online attacks on @MagdaSzubanski who has entered this debate very respectfully,” tweeted Folau.
“She is entitled to express her views — let’s all have this important discussion with love in our hearts.”
His tweet came in response to one from Julia Baird about the “ugly hate campaign” against Magda.
Following the launch of Folau’s short-lived GoFundMe page, Magda Szubanski began a rival GoFundMe.
In response to Folau’s page, she called hers ‘For Love’.
Twitter trolls then began a campaign of online abuse against her.
Magda’s ‘For Love’
Last Tuesday night, Magda told The Project she hoped to raise $500,000 for charity through ‘For Love’.
Just saw the ugly hate campaign on here against @MagdaSzubanski. A note for those who support Folau’s desire to protect & assert Christian faith: you cannot preach peace in the language of war. Or love in the language of hate. Jesus said to love your enemies, not troll them.
— Dr Julia Baird (@bairdjulia) June 29, 2019
“Some friends and I had a feeling — I can’t believe I’m up here talking about this stuff again. I would love to leave this subject behind.
“We would like to have a response to Israel Folau that’s not combative.
“It’s an interfaith group, it’s comprised of Catholics, Muslims, Jews, atheists and LGBTQI people and we’ve started a GoFundMe called “For Love”.
Magda starts her own GoFundMe to support the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and Twenty10, which provides health, legal, and housing services to people of diverse sexualities and gender identities. #TheProjectTV Click the link- https://t.co/83TrTDTobT pic.twitter.com/MQUct1qpr6
— The Project (@theprojecttv) June 25, 2019
“We hope to raise $500,000, 10 per cent of which will go to Twenty10 which is an organisation I’m the patron of.
“It works a lot with kids often from diverse backgrounds who are kicked out of home because of, you know, basically because of their sexuality.”
Other than his interview with Alan Jones, Folau stayed relatively quiet of late.
Indeed, it appeared he allowed the Australian Christian Lobby to make the running on his behalf.
However, he responded today in defence of Magda.
Hey everyone I totally agree with @bairdjulia – please stop the anonymous online attacks on @MagdaSzubanski who has entered this debate very respectfully. She is entitled to express her views – let’s all have this important discussion with love in our hearts.
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) June 30, 2019
Rugby Australia also tweeted for the attacks against Magda to stop.
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