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Category: Religion

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Call to close teenage sex ‘loophole’ for faith leaders and coaches

Report says law fails to prevent supervising adults from having sex with 16- and 17-year-oldsA cross-party group of MPs has called for a change in the law that allows adults in positions of trust, from sports coaches to faith leaders, to legally have s…

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Israel Folau implies bushfires are God’s punishment for same-sex marriage – video report

In a video posted online, Israel Folau has implied the recent Australian bushfires are a punishment from God for the country legalising abortion and same-sex marriage. During the 10-minute recording, Folau says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no c…

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Israel Folau under fire for saying bushfires are God’s punishment

Former Wallabies player’s comments in sermon follow controversy over his sacking for social media postsScott Morrison has labelled comments by sacked rugby union star Israel Folau linking devastating bushfires to Australia passing laws to legalise abor…

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Israel Folau reportedly tells Australian Christian Lobby he would ‘absolutely’ repeat anti-gay posts

Folau, who was the headline speaker at ACL conference, reportedly said he knew posts would ‘be offensive to a lot of people’Israel Folau has said he knew telling homosexuals they were destined for hell would be “offensive” but would “absolutely” repeat…

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Church criticises Wayne Rooney over Derby gambling tie-up

Former England captain’s surprise move to Derby partly funded by online casinoThe Church of England and healthcare professionals have criticised the footballer Wayne Rooney over his transfer to Derby County, which involves a lucrative deal to promote a…

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Israel Folau’s cousin dismissed by Catholic school over religious beliefs

Josiah Folau reportedly called the school ‘a synagogue of Satan’ and labelled the Catholic mass ‘a paganistic ritual’The cousin of the sacked rugby star Israel Folau has reportedly been let go from his job at a Sydney Catholic school after calling the …

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Israel Folau and Rugby Australia headed for court after failing to resolve dispute

Rugby player said he was ‘disappointed’ a settlement could not be reached at Fair Work CommissionRugby Australia and Israel Folau have failed to reach an agreement over the ex-Wallaby’s sacking after a nearly four-hour meeting, with the dispute now des…

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Israel Folau says he will seek apology from Rugby Australia over sacking

Folau also claims in interview with Alan Jones and Peta Credlin that Rugby Australia offered him money to take down Instagram postIsrael Folau has said he will seek an apology from Rugby Australia and an admission that the code erred in terminating his…

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Israel Folau donations soar past $2m – as Australian Christian Lobby cashes in

Support ‘overwhelming’, ACL says, announcing it will suspend campaign for nowA campaign to raise funds to support Israel Folau’s legal stoush with Rugby Australia could soon be suspended after donations reached $2m.The Australian Christian Lobby, which…

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Israel Folau: Australian Christian lobby hosts new fundraising effort

ACL steps in after GoFundMe pulls plug on former Wallabies star’s online appealThe Australian Christian Lobby is hosting a fundraising effort on its website for the former Wallabies star Israel Folau after his GoFundMe page was shut down.As at 7am Tues…

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Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service

Digital fundraising platform says it is committed to fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and will refund donorsIsrael Folau’s fundraising page for his legal challenge against Rugby Australia has been taken down for breaching GoFundMe’s terms of servi…

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Israel Folau and the tension at the heart of religious freedom | Andrew West

Two core democratic principles are at stake in the Israel Folau case, and they will not be challenged at the pulpit or on the football fieldStanding at the lectern of his evangelical church in Sydney’s north-western suburbs last Sunday, Israel Folau wa…

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Israel Folau targets support for transgender children in church sermon

‘God has called us,’ ex-Wallaby says in video as he renews attack on homosexualityIsrael Folau has used a sermon at his Sydney church to describe homosexuality as a sin and criticise young people being allowed to “change their gender”.In a video posted…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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Fasts and late-night protein shakes: how Muslim athletes compete during Ramadan

The holy month began at the start of May this year. While some athletes find blending exercise and fasting tough, others say it helps them focusFor the better part of eight seasons, Hamza Abdullah played defensive back in the NFL. In each one of those …

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Vatican launches women’s football team with pope’s blessing

Team to make its debut against AS Roma’s women’s team on 26 MayThe Vatican has launched its first women’s football team, with a debut challenge against AS Roma’s Serie A women’s squad on 26 May.More than half of the team is made up of staff working wit…

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Israel Folau says he will give up rugby if that is what God wants

• ‘I believe in a God that’s in control of all things’• Australia full-back has been stood down after social media postsThe Australia full-back Israel Folau says he stands by the social media messages relating to homosexuality that threaten his future …

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Does God wear a Barcelona shirt? Don’t ask the pope

His Holiness has spoken out about Barça forward Lionel Messi being referred to as ‘God’. Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t like itName: God.Age: 31. Continue reading…

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Does God wear a Barcelona shirt? Don’t ask the pope

His Holiness has spoken out about Barça forward Lionel Messi being referred to as ‘God’. Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t like itName: God.Age: 31. Continue reading…

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Chelsea launches #WeRemember campaign to raise Holocaust awareness

Campaign running ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day as club faces action over alleged racist chantsThe Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, and leading players have launched a video and social media campaign to raise awareness of the Holocaust, …