A Petition Has Surfaced Online Urging GoFundMe To Take Down Israel Folau's Crowdfund
A Change.Org petition has surfaced online urging crowdfunding organisation GoFundMe to take down his funding page.
The Former Wallabies player recently had his multi-million dollar contract torn up by Rugby Australia after he breached a code of conduct by posting an anti-LGBT post on his Instagram page. The 30-year-old is now planning to sue Rugby Australia as he feels his contract termination was an 'attack on freedom of religion' and is asking the public to help fund his case with a target of $3 million AUD.
Thank you to all those who have given to my Legal Action Fund so far. I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support I have received, for which I am very grateful. Unsurprisingly, I have been criticised by Rugby Australia and some sections of the media overnight. I decided to take legal action when Rugby Australia terminated my employment contract and ended my playing career after I expressed my religious beliefs on social media. I have received thousands of messages from supporters who believe discrimination in the workplace is wrong and has no place in Australia or anywhere else. Sadly, Rugby Australia have said that they will devote significant resources to fight me in court. This shows I have a long and hard battle on my hands, which is why I am asking for your support. The money that is donated will be used to fund my legal battle, which could take years. While the attacks against me have shown I have a big fight on my hands, I will stand strong. Your support and my faith in Jesus Christ will give me strength. If you choose to donate, within your capacity, I would be very grateful of your support for my legal case. For those not in the position to donate, I value your prayers and messages of support so much. God bless!
The petition created by Jay Taylor yesterday was set targeted to reach 15,000 signatures but it now currently sits on over 12,500 and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.
"How is it fair that a man who has millions in property is allowed to ask for money to fight legal fees where he not only broke his contract but discriminated against many different people in the world saying it was based off religion. He is dragging the ARU and Christians through the mud."
Some people have questioned why I am putting myself, my reputation and my future on the line by taking on Rugby Australia when the easier path may have been to hide my faith. I believe what is easy is not always right. My faith is who I am and if I don’t stand up for it, what hope is there for a person of less resources who is discriminated against in the workplace? So far Maria and I have used over $100K of our savings and I am willing to do what it takes for this cause. But to continue I need to prioritise funding for my legal case. To those who believe in the right to practise religion without fear of discrimination in the workplace, here is my ask: Stand with me. I’ve put the link in my bio. If you can and choose to donate, thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless. #standwithizzy
Taylor also noticed that Folau's petition might also be breaching GoFundMe's fundraising rules.
"The GofundMe terms and conditions state that is prohibited to use their services to raise funds that contribute to any campaign with the explicit purpose of involving the legal defense of hate, discrimination, intolerance of any kind relating to sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity."
Folau's GoFundMe has been widely criticised due Folau's currently wealthy financial status and others believe that these funds should be donated to more serious and noteworthy causes.
Despite this, Folau's GoFundMe is currently sitting on over $600,000 AUD.