1. “She is entitled to express her views.” Israel Folau has called on his supporters to stop trolling Magda Szubanski.
Former Wallaby Israel Folau has defended prominent gay rights activist Magda Szubanski after she launched a fundraising campaign that countered his.
Szubanski launched her ‘For Love’ campaign last week, bringing together leaders from a number of faiths and the LGBTQI community with an aim to raise $500,000 to be divided between the Children’s Council Foundation and Twenty10, which provides health, legal, and housing services to people of diverse sexualities and gender identities.
The campaign has made her the target of online abuse and on Saturday, journalist Julia Baird came to her defence.
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If indeed anyone considers Magda to be an enemy, which makes no sense. She has consistently, courageously spoken for the rights and welfare of her own community, not against anyone else’s.
— Dr Julia Baird (@bairdjulia) June 29, 2019
“A note for those who support Folau’s desire to protect & assert Christian faith: you cannot preach peace in the language of war. Or love in the language of hate. Jesus said to love your enemies, not troll them,” she wrote.
“If indeed anyone considers Magda to be an enemy, which makes no sense. She has consistently, courageously spoken for the rights and welfare of her own community, not against anyone else’s.”
On Sunday, Folau unexpectedly agreed with Baird and called on his supporters to stop trolling her and to “have this important discussion with love in our hearts”.
Hey everyone I totally agree with @bairdjulia – please stop the anonymous online attacks on @MagdaSzubanski who has entered this debate very respectfully. She is entitled to express her views – let’s all have this important discussion with love in our hearts.
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) June 30, 2019