Inserted former Wallabies star Israel Folau has jumped for the defense of one of his greatest critics amid his constant story with Rugby Australia about his sudden looting.
The 30-year-old has called on his online supporters to stop attacking gay activist Magda Szubanski after being flooded with hateful remarks since launching a rival fundraising campaign.
& # 39; Hello everyone, I totally agree with Julia Baird – please stop the anonymous online attacks (Magda Szubanski) that started this debate with great respect & # 39 ;, Folau wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
& # 39; She has the right to express her opinion – let's all have this important discussion with love in our hearts. & # 39;
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Held-in former Wallabies star Israel Folau (pictured with his wife Maria) has jumped to defend one of his greatest critics amid his ongoing story with Rugby Australia about his sudden looting
Magda Szubanski (photo) was flooded with hateful remarks since the launch of a rival fundraising campaign
The actress and comedian later thanked Folau for speaking out and wished for the online attacks that his and his wife also intended to end.
Mrs. Szubanski launched a GoFundMe campaign called & # 39; For Love & # 39 ;, which raises money to help sick children, while Folau raised money for his fight against Rugby Australia during his sudden resignation in April.
Szubanski criticized social media about the use of young cancer patients like & # 39; drawcards & # 39; in its attempt to remove donors from the Folau campaign.
Mrs. Baird, an ABC journalist, hit the & # 39; ugly hate campaign & # 39; against Mrs. Szubanski.
& # 39; Jesus said you love your enemies, and don't let them troll & # 39 ;, she wrote.
Folau, one of Australia & # 39; s best rugby players, has remained relatively calm on social media, while his fight with Rugby Australia over his unfair dismissal case is still ongoing.
However, hours before he spoke on Sunday, Folau gave a passionate sermon at The Truth Of Jesus Christ Church in western Sydney, where he warned that spiritual warfare & # 39; very real & # 39; was and said that Jesus would return, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The 30-year-old has called on his online supporters to stop attacking gay activist Magda Szubanski after being flooded with hateful remarks about her rival fundraising campaign against Folau's # 39; s
The actress and comedian later thanked Folau for speaking out and wished for the online attacks that prompted him and his wife to end
On Easter Sunday, Folau also gave a sermon in his church a week after his controversial Instagram post caused indignation
& # 39; As born-again believers of Christ we go on a journey, the walk, but we must never think that we are strong enough – the devil is here like a roaring lion.
& # 39; Jesus will return soon. As born-again believers, we are unable to inherit the kingdom of God if we are not prepared or ready for his return. & # 39;
The 30-year-old has held a series of controversial church sermons in Sydney since his million-dollar contract was torn apart in April after sharing a message on Instagram that said homosexuals were going to hell.
At the beginning of June, Folau sought transgender children while giving his sermon.
Folau fights with Rugby Australia and claims that his dismissal was illegal and demanded $ 10 million in damages.
Szubanski – himself a gay rights activist – said that there are & too many in Australia in the & # 39; struggle of their lives & # 39; – do their best to survive, not have the opportunity to abandon others & # 39;
Szubanski launched the profession alongside a diverse group of & # 39; s Christians, Jews, Muslims, athiests, gays & # 39; s and straight & # 39; s & # 39;
He met his former employer at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney on Friday in the first step of his unfair dismissal case, but after a four-hour confrontation, they failed to reach a solution.
Folau was seen laughing and smiling on his way to the meeting, which came after 20,000 supporters had donated $ 2.2 million to finance his legal costs through a campaign set up by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).
Experts say the case will linger for a long time and may end up in court.
& # 39; Any settlement will not take place until the parties approach the federal court for a hearing & # 39 ;, said Giuseppe Carabetta, an associate professor of labor law at the University of Sydney Business School.
& # 39; They are unlikely to agree to arbitration if there is no mediated outcome today.
& # 39; Without any settlement between the parties, we are probably on our way to the Federal Court, where it will be treated as a dispute over employment and code of conduct, & # 39; he said.
The 30-year-old (left with wife Maria) has organized a series of controversial church readings in Sydney since his multi-million dollar contract was torn in April
Wallabies star dumped Israel Folau (photo shoot The medal of Jesus Christ in Kenthurst in north-west Sydney mid-June) gave a passionate sermon on Sunday
At the beginning of June, Folau focused on transgender children while he preached (pictured on the right with wife Maria)
& # 39; The case may have a long way to go. & # 39;
The ACL effort replaced a previous campaign on GoFundMe that was removed by the platform for breach of service guidelines.
& # 39; I want to thank you all for your prayers and your support. You made it possible for me to stand up for every Australian of faith, & Folau said.
& # 39; I know we are strong enough to tolerate different opinions without getting people out of their jobs because of expressing religious beliefs that not everyone agrees with.
One of Australia's leading employment lawyers said modern workplace social media clauses are so strict that even Jesus Christ himself would not evade the bag.
Josh Bornstein, chief lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, said the Folau saga has given rise to & # 39; the mother of all cultural wars & # 39 ;.
Folau was fired last month for tweeting and posting on Instagram that & drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters & # 39; needed to repent for their sins and turn to Jesus Christ
Folau tries to raise $ 3 million from his supporters, despite being a millionaire with an extensive real estate portfolio, to campaign for religious freedom
He said the matter should be seen in the context of a wider debate on freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
The conditions of codes of conduct and workplace policies now require that employees be effective brand ambassadors on a 24-7 basis and meet requirements that Jesus Christ would not be able to meet if he were still moving among us, & he said to the ABC. 7.30 program on Tuesday.
& # 39; If Jesus Christ were still moving among us, he would be unemployed. & # 39;
Folau tries to raise 3 million dollars from his supporters, despite being a millionaire with an extensive real estate portfolio, to campaign for religious freedom.
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