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Martyn Iles from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) complained yesterday that the draft religious discrimination bill does not go far enough. Meanwhile Shelley Argent, national spokesperson for PFLAG says the bill “tells our children they are inferior.” Iles wrote that the draft allowed the “crazy situation” where Rugby Australia could still sack Israel Folau. “While …

Christians Enemy


The debate in Australia over religious freedoms would suggest that Christians and LGBTIQ communities are implacable foes. Advocates of religious freedoms legislation portray the issue as a fight to save Christians from persecution by the ‘Rainbow Cult’, a term frequently employed on the Australian Christian Lobby Facebook page. However, the LGBTIQ communities are not enemies …

brisbane marriage equality religious freedom rally


A Brisbane rally opposing anti-discrimination exemptions for religious groups in the name of “religious freedom” will be held this weekend. The rally will call on the Morrison government not to “further entrench and broaden discrimination” with new “religious freedom” laws. “Discrimination cannot be tolerated under the guise of religious belief or any other basis,” the …

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Josiah Folau, Israel Folau’s cousin, agreed to discontinue his employment with St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown yesterday. Following Israel Folau losing his job with Rugby Australia for condemning homosexuals to hell, his cousin apparently did the same for Catholics. In addition to his job at St Gregory’s, Josiah Folau also sometimes preaches at the Truth …

Truth of Jesus Christ Church israel folau


One of Australia’s most respected journalists, Kate McClymont, reports in the Sydney Morning Herald that a concerned parent who investigated the Truth of Jesus Christ Church called it an “isolated hate group.” Israel Folau sometimes preaches at the church founded by his father Eni in 2013. Kate McClymont reports that the mother, concerned about her …

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Shelley Argent OAM is the National Spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). She is one of the most effective advocates for the human rights of LGBTIQ people in Australia. As such, Shelley played a leading role during the Australian campaign for marriage equality. She believes fervently in freedom and equality for …

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Ryan Williams from Lancashire England posted this photo of himself to Facebook last night. “I never thought in my life that I would get beaten up for being GAY!” he said. We don’t know the circumstances of the violent physical attack on this young man. It certainly bears the hallmarks of a gay bashing. What …

GoFundMe israel folau


A GoFundMe page set up this week seeks $3,000,000 in donations for former football player, Israel Folau. The former sportsman wants the $3 million to fight Rugby Australia over the termination of his contract. Despite earning millions of dollars in his career, Folau says he needs help to fund his legal battle. Rugby Australia recently …

King of latin pop Ricky Martin Vetoes religious freedoms bill


A ‘Religious Freedoms’ bill passed by the House of Representatives in Puerto Rico Tuesday will not proceed. Following the passing, the King of Latin Pop, Ricky Martin, intervened with an open letter condemning the measure. The Governor of Puerto Rico then asked legislators to halt the bill. The legislation allowed discrimination against LGBTIQ people for …

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Attorney-General Christian Porter says one of the re-elected Morrison Government’s first acts will be introducing “religious freedom” legislation to Parliament. Porter told The West Australian the government would introduce its bill responding to last year’s Ruddock review when parliament returned in the coming months. “There was enormous concern in religious Australia,” Porter told the publication. …

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