Israel Folau has slammed GoFundMe hard because it has a & # 39; campaign of discrimination & # 39; after he had stopped fundraising.
GoFundMe picked up the page on Monday, after the alleged Waratahs star tried to raise a crowd of $ 3 million for imminent legal costs in a fight with Rugby Australia.
& # 39; GoFundMe's decision to cancel the Israeli fundraising campaign in support of its Legal Action Fund is very disappointing & # 39 ;, said a statement released Monday afternoon.
& # 39; The fundraising campaign was in accordance with GoFundMe's terms and conditions and with all relevant rules and regulations.
& # 39; Unfortunately, GoFundMe has committed itself to making demands on the freedom of Australians to donate for his cause.
& # 39; There seems to be an ongoing campaign of discrimination against Israel and its supporters. & # 39;
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
The statement thanked more than 10,000 Australians who supported Folau during its crowdfunding.
& # 39; Since he has requested public donations to help him with his legal action against Rugby Australia, Israel and his supporters have been under fire in the media, & # 39; the statement continued.
& # 39; Furthermore, the Israel website has been the target of what we believe was a persistent cyber attack and there has been a deliberate and attempted reproach for his wife Maria for supporting her husband. & # 39;
According to the statement, & # 39; different organizations & # 39; willing to help Folau raise money for his trial.
Australian Christian Lobby director Martyn Iles, who supported the GoFundMe page, said that Folau supporters would find other ways to raise money.
& # 39; Yes, GoFundMe pulled the page. People are actively working on a solution & # 39 ;, he wrote on Facebook.
& # 39; For now I will not be able to update further than this, because I am completely disturbed at the end. & # 39;
The Christian leader appeared on breakfast shows Today and Sunrise on Monday morning and said he had interviews with other broadcasters on Monday afternoon.
& # 39; Appreciate your prayers & # 39 ;, he signed.
Mr Iles's Facebook update is flooded with comments, with many Christian followers complimenting the managing director and Folau.
One supporter wrote: & # 39; It's a good job you're doing Martyn. Keep it up. We will keep our prayers going and we will continue to finance ACL as well as the Israel Foloau fund as soon as an alternative is set up & # 39 ;.
Australian Christian Lobby director Martyn Iles (left at Folau), who supported the GoFundMe page, said Folau supporters would find other ways to raise money
Mr. Illes referred to GoFundMe, who is bringing the Facebook page down on Monday
& # 39; I hope you can find a way to make this discriminatory decision. I have little money, but would like to contribute to this worthy struggle for our liberties, "said another.
Other ways of donating money were urged: & # 39; Publish some bank account information & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He can set up his own back account if he wants. If people want to donate, that is nobody else & # 39 ;, another wrote.
Some followers suggested that Folau use a Christian crowdfunding service to raise money for its legal costs.
Before the page was deleted, Mr Iles Today said: & # 39; We support it (the GoFundMe page) because of what it was able to do because it was able to give people a voice & # 39 ;.
& # 39; There were many people who contacted us and asked for an opportunity to support Israel in a tangible way and to be a part of that movement and he has given them the platform to do that. & # 39; 39;
& # 39; I think the amount of money that has come into that fund in recent days shows that there are many Australians who resonate with his case, they feel that the case of Israel is the case. & # 39 ;
The move has a deeply divided opinion, with critics accusing the hypocrisy accusing of profitable enterprise of closing Folau
Removing the GoFundMe page has a deeply divided opinion, with critics accusing the company profit of hypocrisy of closing Folau.
Leading the criticism was Queensland Liberal National Senator James McGrath.
He wrote: & # 39; The true test of a democratic nation is not how we treat those with whom we agree, but how we treat the rights of those with whom we disagree.
& # 39; Freedom of speech is timeless and should not be limited by GoFundMe's left gormless oxygen thieves. & # 39;
New South Wales One Nation leader Mark Latham also made the decision and claimed that there was a & # 39; terror regime & # 39; is against Christians in Australia.
However, other people praised GoFundMe for taking a hard attitude.
& # 39; No, we will not finance your homophobia. Solid post & # 39 ;, a person wrote on Twitter.
However, other people praised GoFundMe for taking a hard attitude
Folau was fired last month by Rugby Australia for stranding his contract with an Instagram message stating that gay people are sinners and will go to hell.
The 30-year-old claims that his dismissal was illegal and claims $ 10 million in damages.
Despite being a multi-millionaire with a $ 6 million real estate portfolio, he asked regular Australians to pay $ 3 million for his legal fees through a GoFundMe campaign.
After being live for six days, the controversial campaign was deleted on Monday and only & # 39; Campaign could not be found on the page & # 39; are being displayed.
A GoFundMe spokeswoman confirmed that the page was deleted because it violated and said the terms donations are reimbursed.
& # 39; Although we welcome GoFundMes as part of a diverse social debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion, "she said in a statement.
On Monday the controversial page of Folau was removed and the website only said & # 39; Campaign not found & # 39;
The wing defender of Tongan origin said that he and his wife Maria (pictured together) have so far spent $ 100,000 of his own money on legal bills – but bracing themselves for much higher fees
GoFundMe was accused of allowing the page to stay on for six days so that it could stay on donor money while it got interested.
A critic wrote on Twitter: & # 39; GoFundMe also has to pay interest on donors' money.
& # 39; I find # gofundme & # 39; s claim that it is only now that it discovers that # Folau & # 39; s campaign violates their terms of service, both ridiculous and unbelievable. They should have rejected the Folau campaign in the beginning. & # 39;
The GoFundMe spokeswoman said the page stopped for a & # 39; routine review period & # 39; possible.
Folau & # 39; s fundraising efforts were received with a wave of criticism on Friday.
Former Wallaby and teammate Drew Mitchell put the star in and said sick children deserved more support.
And Independent State Police Alex Greenwich of Sydney urged people to donate to the World Vision campaign to end child slavery instead.
& # 39; If you are really interested in supporting a Christian cause … don't donate to the # Folau Fund & # 39 ;, he posted on Twitter.
& # 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
Folau signed a four-year contract in 2018 valued at an estimated $ 5 million and has been one of the best-paid athletes in the country since joining the rugby union in 2013.
But Rugby Australia said he had violated his contract, which stated that he should treat people equally and fairly.
Folau maintains that he only shares a message from the Bible and his looting has given him the & # 39; best years & # 39; of his playing career.
His fundraising page, which was launched last Tuesday, contained a video in which he talked to the camera, cut with pictures from his childhood.
The wing defender of Tongan origin said that he and his wife Maria have spent $ 100,000 of his own money on legal bills so far – but are bracing for much higher costs.
Last Sunday, Folau launched another attack on homosexuals and also criticized the admission of young people to change sex during a sermon (photo) at his church in Sydney.
& # 39; That was just to try to handle the internal tribunal trials of Rugby Australia.
& # 39; The money I am requesting is solely to finance the remainder of my action in court & # 39 ;, he wrote.
On Friday morning he spoke for the first time in public about the saga on the 2 GB radio show of Alan Jones.
The star said he had no intention of offending homosexuals and revealed that he was motivated to stand up for the word of God & # 39 ;.
& # 39; From my perspective, this comes from a place of love … so that they can repent if they choose and turn away from it and go to heaven. & # 39;
He explains why he is going to use Rugby Australia and said: “My principle and trust are the drivers that have driven me from the start.
& # 39; My faith defines me as a person.
& # 39; My identity is my faith – that is why I want to stand up for the word of God. & # 39;
Folau filed a claim on June 6 his looting was contrary to article 772 of the Fair Work Act.
The clause states that it is unlawful to terminate employment based on religion.
Folau shared this social media after he claimed that homosexuals would go to hell unless they & # 39; converted & # 39; – and he refused to apologize
Last Sunday Folau launched another attack on homosexuals and also criticized young people being allowed to change sex during a sermon in his church in Sydney.
He described homosexuality as a sin and claimed that the devil was behind the primary school children who could decide if they wanted to change sex.
& # 39; This is what the devil is trying to do, to contribute to the government, in this world, in society, and it happens slowly & # 39 ;, said Folau in his Sunday sermon at The Truth of Jesus Christ Church in Kenthurst.
& # 39; The sad thing is that many people there who say non-Christians bad things about the church is because many of the churches allow those things to happen.
& # 39; They say that a man and a man should be able to get married and there is nothing wrong with that. This is about the theme of pleasing man instead of pleasing God and standing up for the truth. & # 39;
The 30-year-old rant was posted on the Facebook page of the church.
Folau also criticized modern & # 39; westernized & # 39; churches and said that true believers in Christ confess him wherever we go.
& # 39; Are we too scared because we may be ejected from our workplace or expelled somewhere because we are not loved or loved by those around us and do not believe the same as we do? & # 39; he asked.
& # 39; You may be the only born-again Christian in that workplace, you may feel a bit uncomfortable with your colleagues because they are in the world and you are not. We must feel blessed … because God has called us. & # 39;
The 30-year-old (center with his family as a child) was fired after making repeated homophobic comments on social media, claiming that homosexuals are destined for hell unless they repent of their sins
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