The Christian lobby has revealed that it will launch a new fundraising site for Israel Folau after its crowdfunding campaign was violently closed by GoFundMe.
Australian Christian Lobby director Martyn Iles confirmed on Monday that the organization will start a new fund just like Tuesday with a donation of $ 100,000.
Mr. Iles said The age it was & # 39; disappointing & # 39; Folau & # 39; s page was closed after it raised $ 700,000, but a new site could be used within 24 hours.
Australian Christian Lobby director Martyn Iles (left at Folau) confirmed that the organization will start a new fund just like Tuesday with a donation of $ 100,000.
GoFundMe announced Monday that it pulled the Folau campaign (photo) and issued full refunds to the thousands of donors
& # 39; I understand that they (his team) are currently working on an alternative platform and that it must be made public within 24 hours or so, all right, & # 39; said Iles.
& # 39; It is an opportunity for people to continue to show their support for Israel. What I can say is that the ACL will launch that site by donating $ 100,000. & # 39;
The revelation comes after it was unveiled GoFundMe closed Folau & # 39; s page while a preacher raised money to pay legal fees against anti-LGBTI comments.
Canadian Christian preacher David Lynn, who was arrested for allegedly & # 39; contemptuous & # 39; commented, raised more than $ 50,000 on his still-active page.
Iles said that Folau & # 39; s page & # 39; silent Australians & # 39; gave a voice, so by launching a new site it will ensure that their voices continue to be heard, The Daily Telegraph reported.
He claimed that Folau's supporters were concerned about their liberties, and the canceled GoFundMe campaign reminded them that their concerns are real.
Canadian Christian preacher David Lynn (photo), who was arrested for allegedly & # 39; contemptuous & # 39; made comments, raised more than $ 50,000 on his still active page
& # 39; The case of Israel is our case if we want to live freely and embrace our beliefs without fear of being marginalized or discriminated against, & # 39; said Iles.
He added that the money raised through the new website is deposited into a legal trust account that is used exclusively for court fees incurred by Israel Folau.
Folau launched its call for $ 3 million on Friday and raised more than $ 750,000 within four days.
But the fundraising platform said on Monday that it pulled the campaign and issued full refunds to the thousands of donors.
Israel Folau (pictured with his wife Maria) had his GoFundMe page removed Monday due to & # 39; discrimination & # 39;
Iles (photo) said it was & # 39; disappointing & # 39; used to be. Folau & # 39; s page closed after it raised $ 700,000, but a new site was added that could be operational within 24 hours
More than 95,000 people signed an online petition calling on GoFundMe to remove the page, stating the purpose contrary to the terms and conditions of the website.
& # 39; After a routine review period we came to the conclusion that this campaign violates our terms of service & # 39 ;, said GoFund Me regional manager Nicola Britton in a statement.
& # 39; As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBT people and promoting an environment of inclusiveness.
& # 39; Although we would like to see GoFund Me conduct a diverse social debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion & she said.
Folau (pictured with his wife) signed a four-year contract in 2018 valued at an estimated $ 5 million and is one of the best-paid athletes since joining the rugby union in 2013
ISRAEL FOLAU STATEMENT FULLY
GoFundMe's decision to abolish Israel's fundraising campaign to support its Legal Action Fund is very disappointing.
The fundraising campaign was in line with the General Terms and Conditions of GoFundMe and with all relevant rules and regulations.
Unfortunately, GoFundMe has worked hard to make demands on the freedom of Australians to donate to his cause.
There seems to be a continuous campaign of discrimination against Israel and its supporters.
Israel Folau is very grateful to the 10,000 plus supporters who believed in good faith that their donations would contribute to his case against Rugby Australia.
Since applying for public donations to help him with his legal action against Rugby Australia, Israel and his supporters have been under fire in the media.
Furthermore, the Israeli website has been the target of what we believe was a continuing cyber attack, and there has been a deliberate attempt to blame his wife Maria for supporting her husband.
Although Israel does not intend to respond at length today to the allegations against him or his family, he would like to know that these attacks have heightened his determination.
Fortunately, several organizations have already shown interest in supporting Israel's efforts to raise money for its ongoing trial.
Folau wanted money to fund his legal fight against Rugby Australia, which ended its $ 4 million contract in May after posting a Bible passage on social media stating that hell was waiting for & # 39; drunkards, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters & # 39; unless they repented.
A Folau spokesperson said the decision to cancel the campaign was very disappointing.
The campaign was in line with GoFundMe's terms and conditions, as well as all relevant rules and regulations, the spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
& # 39; Unfortunately, GoFundMe has committed itself to making demands on the freedom of Australians to donate for his cause.
& # 39; We do not tolerate discrimination & # 39 ;: GoFundMe & # 39; s statement about Folau
Today we close the Israel Folau campaign and issue full refunds to all donors. After a routine assessment period, we came to the conclusion that this campaign violates our terms of service.
As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBT people and promoting an environment of inclusiveness. Although we welcome GoFundMes as part of a diverse social debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.
In the time since Mr. Folau's campaign was launched, more than a million dollars have been donated to hundreds of other campaigns, large and small, throughout Australia. These acts of kindness form the heart of GoFundMe.
Our platform exists to help people help others. Australians have shown that they are among the nicest and most generous people in the world. We look forward to helping more Australians raise funds for the causes they care about in the coming months and years.
Despite being a muti-millionaire with a $ 6 million real estate portfolio, Folau asked regular Australians to pay $ 3 million for his legal costs through a GoFundMe campaign
& # 39; There seems to be an ongoing campaign of discrimination against Israel and its supporters, & # 39; said the spokesman.
Since the call's launch, Folau and his supporters have been & # 39; under fire in the media & # 39 ;, said the spokesperson.
It is believed that the Folau website was the target of a & # 39; ongoing cyber attack & # 39; and that there was a & # 39; deliberate attempt to defame his wife Maria – who re-placed her husband's online campaign – to support Folau.
These attacks have hardened & # 39; his determination & # 39 ;, said the spokesperson.
& # 39; Fortunately, several organizations have already expressed interest in supporting Israel's efforts to raise money for its ongoing lawsuit. & # 39;
Folau has initiated legal proceedings with the Fair Work Commission against Rugby Australia and is seeking up to $ 10 million in damages.
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