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Israel Folau: Alan Jones blasts Rugby Australia

May 8, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Former Wallabies coach and broadcaster Alan Jones has blasted Rugby Australia for finding Israel Folau had breached the players' code of conduct, saying he was "ashamed" of the sport and would fight its decision.

Christian group rally with Muslims targeting ‘godless’ ALP ahead of election

May 7, 2019 : A conservative Christian lobby group is campaigning with Muslims in Labor-held seats to "stop the godless from making sweeping changes" to religious freedoms.

In African refugee camps, app replaces Bibles left behind

May 7, 2019 Religion News Service: On a recent Sunday morning, dozens of South Sudanese refugees gathered inside a tent at Imvepi Refugee Camp to thank God for enabling…

Christians are ‘most persecuted group’

May 6, 2019 BBC News: The persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near "genocide" levels, according to a report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The review ,…

Israel Folau’s Famiy And Friends Speak Out

May 6, 2019 Ten News: Israel Folau may have missed church today as he fought to keep his rugby contract, but his congregation offered prayers on his behalf at their service.

Israel Folau ‘doesn’t care’ about rugby outcome, friend says

May 6, 2019 Family and friends of Israel Folau have defended the Wallabies star as his fight to save his rugby career continues, saying the only thing that matters to him is how he will be viewed by God and proclaiming his religious views come from a place of love, not hate.

Federal election 2019: Labor’s bid to ban anti-gay speech

May 6, 2019 The Australian: Labor will consider expanding anti-discrimination legislation to shield gay and transgender ­people from harmful speech if elected, in a move that has alarmed lawyers and free-speech advocates.

Israel Folau breaks down in tears during Easter sermon

May 3, 2019 Video has emerged of Israel Folau fighting back tears while delivering a sermon at his church on Easter Sunday as he prepares for a showdown with Rugby Australia to decide his playing future.

Biblical king was historical figure, claim scientists | Daily Mail Online | Daily Mail Online

May 3, 2019 : Ancient 3,000-year-old tablet suggests Biblical king was real: Archaeologists find name of King Balak who persecuted Jews after they escaped from Egypt on 9th…

Persecution driving Christians out of Middle East – report

May 3, 2019 The Guardian: The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was mentioned in the report for denigrating Christians.Photograph: Reuters Pervasive persecution of Christians,…

Christian schools warn over Labor’s anti-discrimination bill

May 3, 2019 The Australian: A Christian school lobby group has warned that Labor’s plan to overhaul anti-discrimination legislation by removing the religious exemption for schools could hamper their ability to teach according to their values.

Israel Folau’s religious freedom the defining issue of our time

May 3, 2019 The Australian: Just when you thought the administration of rugby could not get worse, it continues to be a sporting embarrassment.

Israel Folau furore: Willie Ofahengaue backs fellow Tongan

May 3, 2019 The Australian: Former Wallabies great Willie Ofahengaue — the first Tongan to represent Australia — has ­defended Israel Folau, saying the star player has every right to exercise his freedom of speech and ­religion.

Rugby - Tupou gives voice to Pasifika anger amid Folau furore

May 2, 2019 Reuters: The trial of Israel Folau is threatening to drive a wedge through the Australia rugby squad in a World Cup year, with prop Taniela Tupou…

New York Times issues correction for article describing Jesus as a Palestinian

May 2, 2019 Washington Times: It’s been a rough few days for The New York Times on the Judaism front: A day after running a widely…

Rugby star apologises to ‘offended fans’ for saying ‘I love Jesus’

May 2, 2019 Daily Mail: This is Australia in 2019: Rugby star apologises for 'offending fans' after declaring 'I love Jesus' and quoting the Bible at EASTER Queensland Reds captain…

Gunmen kill six at Burkina Faso church

May 1, 2019 BBC News: Gunmen have opened fire on a church in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least six people, officials say. The attackers reportedly arrived on seven motorbikes…

Explosive claim amid Folau controversy

May 1, 2019 Rugby Australia is facing a potential Polynesian player mutiny after one of the Wallabies’ most exciting prospects claimed all Pacific Islanders “might as well just be sacked” because of their religious beliefs.

Anglicare snapshot reveals less than one per cent of Sydney properties affordable for people on welfare

April 30, 2019 Daily Telegraph: Out of the 2523 properties available for private rent on a single weekend last month, only one in inner city Sydney was deemed affordable for someone on income support.

Rugby player apologises for easter message

April 30, 2019 The Australian: Rugby Australia almost certainly would appeal if the Code of Conduct hearing into Israel Folau decides he has done nothing worthy of termination, as the issue that has polarised not just the code but the wider community shows no signs of ending.