Despicable Christian blames abortion and gay marriage for bushfires

Despicable Christian blames abortion and gay marriage for bushfires November 18, 2019
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AUSTRALIAN rugger bugger-turned-preacher Israel Folau, 30, sacked earlier this year by Rugby Australia for demonising gay people on social media, is embroiled in a new row – this time for preaching ‘rubbish’ and ‘manure’ about the bushfires that have devastated Australia and left six dead.

In a video sermon posted to the Truth of Jesus Christ Church Sydney at the weekend, Folau claimed that the fires are God’s punishment for legalising abortion and same-sex marriage.

During the 10-minute recording, he says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no coincidence but only a taste of God’s judgment if Australia doesn’t repent of its evil ways.

After saying “I’ve been looking around at the events that’s been happening in Australia, this past couple of weeks, with all the natural disasters, the bushfires and the droughts,” he reads
from the Book of Isaiah in the Bible:

The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.

Folau links the passage to the twin disasters of bushfire and drought and, in turn, the legalising of same-sex marriage and abortion.

The events that have happened here in Australia, in the last couple of years – God’s word says for a man and a woman to be together … they’ve come and changed this law. Abortion, it’s OK now to murder, kill infants, unborn children.

Folau says he believes the scripture is talking to Australia.

Look how rapid these bushfires these droughts, all these things have come in a short period of time. Do you think it’s a coincidence or not? God is speaking to you guys. Australia you need to repent and take these laws and turn it back to what is right.

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Among those who blasted Folau’s comments was Australia’s first Pentecostal Prime Minister, Scott (ScoMo) Morrison, above, who said:

I thought these were appallingly insensitive comments. They were appalling comments and he is a free citizen, he can say whatever he likes. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have regard to the grievous offence this would have caused to people whose homes have been burnt down.

And I’m sure to many Christians around Australia for whom that is not their view at all and who’s thoughts and prayers, let me stress, are very much with those who are suffering.

And Opposition leader Anthony Albanese tweeted:

This is pretty reprehensible. Some people might not want to give his comments any more oxygen than they deserve, and I get that. But for people in leadership positions, it’s on us to reject this rubbish. To call it out.

Hillsong Church Founder Brian Houston delivered a message to all Australians affected by the fires and in a post stated “Pray for your Nation, don’t condemn it” in a shot at Folau.

Folau insisted he  is sharing the message “out of love” but even staunch ally broadcaster Alan Jones, above, condemned the comments on his 2GB radio programme

Israel is a lovely human being, I know him well. But, Israel, button up. These comments don’t help.

And Sky News contributor Gemma Tognini said:

As a Christian I feel so desperately sad reading that because that’s not the nature of God, that’s not the heart of God … I feel like wearing a T-shirt saying ‘not on my team’.

At least I will say this, (Folau) is willing to say what he thinks and stand by his beliefs … That being said, there’s no such thing as freedom from consequences. It’s almost as if he’s acting as if he doesn’t care if he ever plays rugby again – and he may not care.

I just look at him and say ‘why would you say such divisive, hurtful things?’ It’s a hurtful thing to say to someone who has lost their home in a bushfire – that God hates you and he’s punishing you. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s manure.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • A textbook example of Christian bullshitter. I really think I’m not exaggerating when I wish in my worst moments such people could be judged for crimes against humanity.

    I will pray Silvanus, the Oak Father, for him.

  • barriejohn

    Oh, to have a direct line to The Almighty, as these people do!

  • Raging Bee

    So…what about all those tornadoes that tear up so many houses in the Conservative Christian US Midwest? And the hurricanes that sometimes tear up bits of the Deep South? Who is God punishing with all that?

  • Michael Neville

    The parts of Australia most affected by wildfires, Queensland and Western Australia, are also the most conservative and Christian parts. Seems like Folau’s god is punishing his followers the most.

  • Freodin

    “Sir, you have been 10 miles over the speed limit. I have to write you a ticket. Do you know what that means?”
    “Yeah, ok, how much do I have to pay?”
    “Pay? Sir, you don’t understand. It means we now have to call the Air Force to bomb Alabama. Haven’t you heard we switched to a Divine Justice System recently?”

  • Raging Bee

    I suspected as much. It’s not often an “act of God” scores a direct hit on the gayest or most cosmopolitan part of any country.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    “So, where in the Book o’Rules does it explain the connection between these crimes and their punishments?”

    It’s not in the book, sir. You have to go to religious school to learn how to make up the rules for any situation you don’t like.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    I think they’re making it up, because, here in the Northern Hemisphere, being gay causes hurricanes and floods.
    Seems like it ought to be the same the world over, but no. Being gay makes the water flow north.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    But of course! It’s the followers who are ALLOWing gay people to exist.

  • davidt

    Religious flat earther is all.

    Flat earther can be an atheist or religious it seems to branch across idiologies. It’s a church for the modern internet!!!! Which we all know is reality, one just needs to find their church is all. Welcome to modern reality. The internet better than than the old stupid Bible. .even that is here.

  • Brian Shanahan

    “I thought these were appallingly insensitive comments”

    Of course what Morrison really meant was “I thought that it was appallingly insensitive that these comments would be used in context, and that people would find them abhorrent”.

  • firebubbles310

    To be fair conservatives like to be “do as I say and not as I do.” So it is likely their stats are worse than other areas. Lol

  • Mutale

    Anyone find it weird that believers says the punishment for sin is burning in hell yet god still feels like punishing people in this life its like he cant wait.

  • Broga

    Bit off topic, but worth it I hope. The lumpen Prince Andrew, so stupid he does not know how stupid he is, has been enthralling the world with his idiocy. I thought this would be a time for the Archbishop of Canterbury to hove into view with a few comments. Andy’s mum is the Head of the Church of England but she is keeping her head well down, Charles, ever ready to fire off one of his letters is also keeping shtum and the Archbishop has also not appeared. So Andy, and his performance was pitiable beyond parody, is left to swing in the wind alone as he still regards his paedophile friend more kindly than the paedophile’s victims who don’t get a sympathetic word.

    If you have missed Andrew’s interview do try and see it. Otherwise you won’t believe that this could have happened. Andrew, surrounded by endless praise from courtiers and advisers now jumping ship, still thinks he did a great job.

  • Old Harry

    He certainly excels at children’s games, as an adult.

  • Brian Curtis

    God is wrathful, but he also has terrible aim. Did you ever try to convince a 6000 year old man he needs bifocals?

  • Raging Bee

    He’s only 6000 years old?! That’s a LOT younger than his fans say he is! No wonder he’s so immature!

  • barriejohn

    He’s got his money:

    In a statement from both parties, the 30-year-old full-back said he had not intended to harm or offend people when he uploaded the post.

    “Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality,” the statement read.