First they came for Israel Folau…

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

Too often, people seem to think an issue is simply ‘too big to tackle’. If William Wilberforce had thought like that, he would never have declared war on slavery. Our freedom of speech is under attack and we need to stand up for it. One by one, people are being attacked and any one of us could become a target in the future.

Damian Wyld who is the Director of the Australian Family Coalition has this to say about it. quote.

[…] rugby player Israel Folau has been widely castigated for sharing a social media post calling for the repentance of a whole list of sinners: drunks, idolaters, atheists and more. None of those categories of sinner seemed particularly upset at Folau?s post, but the inclusion of homosexuality in the list of sins has caused his employers to move to sack him.

Never mind his rights as a private citizen. Never mind that the words weren?t even his own, but rather a paraphrasing of the Bible (1 Corinthians 6 if you?re interested). Never mind that his contract doesn?t seem to constrain his social media actions as many first thought.

Regardless of what we might think of Folau?s post ? or even its prudence ? that?s completely beside the point. It manifests some of Folau?s personal beliefs ? and it may well cost him his job.

Right now it?s Israel Folau who?s being attacked but, really, it could be any of us were we to fall foul of the politically correct orthodoxy.

That?s why our campaign has struck such a nerve, seeing some 20,000 people send emails to Israel Folau’s employers in under a week.

I even made a brief appearance on Channel Ten?s ‘The Project’ over the issue.
Here, again, we see hope amidst the challenge. Unlike many before who have wilted under pressure before him, Folau hasn?t stepped back an inch. Indeed, he has stated that he will put his faith before his career if that is the choice placed before him.

Imagine if we had a few more people, especially in public life, who were willing to politely, but firmly, resist the Thought Police.

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First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out?
     Because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out?
     Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out?
     Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me?and there was no one left to speak for me.

 German Lutheran pastor Martin Niem?ller (1892?1984).