The Australian Christian Lobby continues to stand with Israel Folau and maintains that he has a right to express his beliefs.
“The decision by Rugby Australia means that quoting a bible verse is now considered a high-level breach against their code of conduct,” said ACL managing director Martyn Iles.
“This is a dangerous precedent for religious freedom in Australia.”
“According to RA, the very act of quoting a bible verse, which is believed by millions of Australians who profess a Christian faith and attend church regularly, is incompatible with being a rugby player.”
“This marginalises and silences a large portion of Australians who believe that sin is real, hell is real, and salvation in Jesus Christ is the equal answer for all, regardless of our identity or background.”
“All Australians should know that they are free to express their beliefs which form part of their identity without fear of being unfairly censored or discriminated against.”
Mr Iles said Israel Folau’s case clearly highlights the importance of religious freedom in Australia.
“We have been seeing the creep of compelled speech and slow removal of freedom for people of faith for some time now. It will fall to the next government to make sure that millions of Australians are allowed to continue to live out their beliefs without fear of discrimination.”
The Australian Christian Lobby will shortly launch a campaign to ensure the rights of millions of Australians for whom religious conviction is fundamental to their identity are protected.