BY: BIANCA BARDEN
June 24, 2019
Folau’s GoFundMe account – Where the bloody hell are you?
Folau launched, on Friday, a GoFundMe account for the sole purpose of raising funds for his legal defence against Rugby Australia.
As of Sunday night, it had amassed a total of $760,000 donated by over 9,800 people.
The account was taken offline mid-Monday morning with no explanation other than “This campaign not found” displayed on the GoFundMe website.
GoFundMe representative Nicola Britton released a statement confirming they had pulled the account and are issuing refunds to everyone that donated.
“As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.”
To date, Israel Folau has made no comment since the removal of his GoFundMe account.
People that donated made it clear that they weren’t donating because they believed in the sentiment of his original post, but because they could see the bigger issue of Freedom of Speech being attacked.
This is dangerous ground we are on whereby corporate entities determine societal standards and use their financial muscle to enforce their position. Some would call that bullying from a position of power. Both Qantas and GoFundMe have taken public positions of moral authority claiming to support a minority group, while publicly vilifying one person for standing up for his right to religious freedom. The Terms and Conditions of GoFundMe specify that they seek an environment of inclusivity, but it would appear, like Qantas that exclusivity only applies to those prepared to read from their hymnal.
The hypocrisy of GoFundMe is breathtaking. Their Terms and Conditions state they won't allow campaigns to raise legal funds, yet allowed the account of Sarah Hanson-Young to raise funds for her legal battle. Read our article on the hypocrisy of the media and the left: https://www.loveaustraliaorleave.com.au/post/hypocrisy-the-media-and-the-left
Rugby Australia has created this divide. It was simple. A man offered his own opinion on his own Instagram account, that expressed his values and beliefs. Rugby Australia intervened with their protests of offense and sanctions. Had they taken the common-sense view that people are able to unfollow Folau or simply scroll on by, then this would never have been the issue that it is today. Now Rugby Australia sits on the sidelines watching this destruction and ironically this division unfold. Their behavior in this whole saga has been abominable.
For those being issued refunds, we suggest you contact the Australian Christian Lobby on 02 6175 0200 or via their facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=australian%20christian%20lobby&epa=SEARCH_BOX, as they are in close liaison with Israel Folau.