The athletic superstar has had his freedom of religion and speech restricted in a new four year rugby deal.
Israel Folau – who has played AFL, Rugby League and Rugby Union – has come under attack from cultural Marxists in recent years for his refusal to bow to LGBT ideology, instead using his huge public profile to promote a Christian view of human sexuality and family.
With great love i wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don't harden your heart https://t.co/PtDoPCQDco
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) 7 May 2018
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that tougher restrictions have been placed on what Folau can and can’t say as part of his new four year deal with Rugby Australia:
A private donor who funded a portion of his previous deal is no longer on board, there are social media clauses in his new contract, and he will pop up more than ever before at junior rugby camps and fan days, as RA learns to maximise his exposure among children and teenagers and minimise it among the game's largely secular, progressive and older fan base.
Commenting on his past year, Folau said it has been a “roller-coaster” off the field:
But, to be quite honest, it might sound a bit crazy, but I kind of really enjoyed what was happening off the field. Not that it happened on purpose, but my identity is based around my faith in God. And I truly believe that from deep down inside, what was happening off the field, even though it was challenging and it was hard, it was actually moulding me into the person [I am] ... and taught me a lot of things that I needed to learn, and I’m still learning now.
The first person in the US to be legally recognised as non-binary has disowned his fake gender.
Writing on his blog about the announcement, retired US Army soldier Jamie Shupe said:
I believe that gender identity is a fraud perpetrated by psychiatry, the likes of something the United States and other nations hasn’t experienced since the lobotomy era. As a result, I have returned to my male birth sex.
On January 25, 2019, in the State of Florida, the Marion County Department of Motor Vehicles in Ocala, Florida issued me a male driver’s license. Ocala, Florida has been my home since July 2018.
In the days ahead, I will be taking further steps to restore my birth sex to male more formally.
In my thirty plus year marriage, I am the husband. To my daughter, I am her Father. I no longer identify as a transgender or non-binary person and renounce all ties to transgenderism.
I will not be a party to advancing harmful gender ideologies that are ruining lives, causing deaths and contributing to the sterilization and mutilation of gender-confused children.
In 2016, an Oregon court ruling took the extraordinary step of recognising Shupe as “non-binary”. The decision was a first in the US.
Shupe had previously “changed” his sex from male to female in 2013, but subsequently wanted to be recognized as “non-binary.”
While the mainstream media trumpeted Shupe’s landmark ruling to become the first person to be legally recogninsed as non-binary, it has been silent about his reversal.
This is not that surprising as the media routinely censors transgender regret because it conflicts with its LGBT narrative.
FamilyVoice team members in Adelaide connected with MPs, civic authorities and Christian leaders this week, during a service at St Peter’s Cathedral that highlighted the start of proceedings within the South Australian Parliament.
Officiating at the service held on 12 February, former Premier Lyn Arnold (in his new role within the Anglican ministry) commended interactions between the churches and the Parliament.
Sixteen State MPs attended the service and received prayerful support from Christian leaders who presented each MP with a book of Christian devotions.
The presentation followed a stirring sermon by Rev Peter Zwaans who emphasised the dangers of self-centred politics as he described King David’s sinful purpose of holding a census to assess his own power and capacity.
“Only the fighting men were counted,” said Peter Zwaans. Women, children and the marginalised did not figure - but the disastrous consequence affected everyone, he noted.
The value of a census should be to meet the needs of the community, especially its most vulnerable, he said, “including those in the womb”.
His advocacy on behalf of unborn had special relevance at the opening of parliamentary deliberations, since MPs at some point this year are expected to debate a bill that would legalise abortion throughout the entire term of pregnancy and prevent prayerful ministry outside abortion facilities.
FamilyVoice hopes to alert the Christian community concerning how best to respond in defence of the unborn, when debate on that issue draws closer - so the concern of God’s people is timed for maximum influence.
By Charles Newington, National Director
I have a friend who is wonderful in so many ways but famous for losing his keys. I have such a deep appreciation for this flawed person because in all the time I’ve known him (and helped him look for keys…) he has not lost his conscience.
He is upright. He lives and speaks firmly, fairly and redemptively. He is devoted to Jesus.
Conscience is an almost forgotten dimension of human experience. Many people seem to do what is right in their own eyes and to live by their own truth. Public conversation rarely centres on what is right, but more typically on what feels right. Modern life for many of us is about navigating through a social complex of values and lifestyles without rocking anybody’s boat too much.
It’s time to dust off the conscience and pray that the Light of the Holy Spirit and Word of God will change hearts, because there are more and more situations arising in which we will need a good moral compass. And we can’t light our soul with our own wisdom. We need the light and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the power of the gospel by His Scripture, and the counsel of people respected for their faith and experience.
What happens when someone in our lives decides to abort a child that is obviously viable? What happens when an old, infirm or deeply depressed friend seems vulnerable to the option of euthanasia (or unassisted suicide)? What happens when one’s employer expects involvement with an event that unsettles you inwardly? What about the movies and other media that we watch? What happens when a friend is struggling with their sexuality or gender identification? The list goes on of things once in the background but now in the foreground of social engagement that challenge us to the core – and in that core we find the conscience – that moral compass given to us by God.
This is not to burden you with moral responsibilities. It is to encourage you to see the people among whom we all live, through the eyes of Christ.
And He gave us our moral compass not just for ourselves, and not to judge, but for those around us who need His gracious light and strength at a moral crossroad. So when we speak of the conscience we are not just talking about an uncultivated, wild sense of right and wrong. We speak of the conscience transformed by the Holy Spirit, by prayer, informed, strengthened and tamed by the Word of God, and the company of upright people.
And how many people need someone with a functional moral compass in this trackless cultural wilderness in which people have abandoned the ancient paths.
US Vice President Mike Pence has penned an op-ed for the National Review slamming Democrats for their extreme abortion stance.
Pence wrote about the shocking admission from a Virginia state politician that a bill she sponsored would permit abortion during active labour and how Virginian Governor Ralph Northam took an even more extreme abortion stance.
[Governor Northam] tried to reassure [the bill’s] opponents that if a child survived an abortion, “the infant would be kept comfortable. [And] the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue.”
There’s another word for this: infanticide. And it is morally reprehensible and evil.
Pence noted how the Virginia bill came hot on the heels of the barbaric New York state bill, which allowed abortion up until birth and whose passing was followed by ghoulish celebrations, including the lighting up of One World Trade Centre. Pence stated that:
This shameless embrace of a culture of death is startling to every American who cherishes life.
Pence also noted that only a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, allow late-term abortions.
Pence finished his piece by stating the Trump administration strong stance for life:
Our commitment to the unalienable right to life is as sure as the stone in which those names are etched. And our administration, and our movement, will continue to fight until our nation once again recognizes and celebrates the sanctity of all human life.
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