Israel Folau’s supporters hit out against GoFundMe’s decision to shut down his online fundraising campaign with several organisations still interested in helping raise money for his case against Rugby Australia.

The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a new fundraising website for the former Wallabies star.

The group has also donated $100,000 to Folau’s cause to help with his legal defence.

“There is an outpouring of support for Israel Folau from the Australian community, who see Israel’s case as their case. They feel the pinch of political correctness, and the erosion of their basic freedoms,” Martyn Iles, ACL managing director, said in a statement today.

“The success of the Folau fundraiser was giving ‘quiet Australians’ a voice.”

“By launching an alternative fundraising site to GoFundMe today, we are ensuring that the voice of quiet Australians continues to be heard, and Israel Folau continues to know that he is not alone.”

Since launching today, the website has already raised one million dollars.

Folau wants the money to fund his legal battle against Rugby Australia, which terminated his $4 million contract in May after he posted a biblical passage on social media stating that hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” unless they repented.

The ACL has confirmed all the funds donated to the new website will be placed into a legal trust account and used exclusively to pay legal expenses.

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  • He can afford his own legal fees!


  • I find it strange that people want to give a rich person money who doesn’t need it but I’m not surprised.


  • Why should people help pay his legal costs. The average person wouldn’t be allowed to do this.


  • I wish these God-loving people would use this money for good — to help the downtrodden, needy and damaged in our society.


  • I’m not sure I understand who would donate to this?!


  • So a rich guy who put LBGTQ people down wants other people to pay for his court fee’s, does not sit well with me at all. He deserves to be shut down on the funding site, and there is most likely a lot of others that need to be too. There is a lot of scamming out there these days, so be careful. Unless you know the people personally I would not donate over these sites.


  • I am so pleased that there are people out there who can still objectively see the disbalance in our society.
    No one can say anything against Mohammed but Jesus is not sacrosanct. Everyone can say everything against our Christian upbringing but don’t bring Islam into a debate.
    Israel Folau is a devout Christian as are many Fijians and for him to be sacked from the ARL because of his beliefs is a travesty of justice.
    He doesn’t want the money – he want’s people to stand up to their convictions – can’t anyone else see that?

    • So it is okay for him to put homosexuals down then in your eyes? We really are going backwards in this country.


  • Guess I’ll be going to hell then.


  • He has money, so why are people giving him more?


  • Nice for him he still has fans.


  • That’s just stupid. His comments were wrong and hurtful and people are helping him

    • I totally agree, what is wrong with people? Just because he says he is standing up for his rights to voice what he believes in does not make it right for him to be discriminating and racist.


  • I was going to say that I wasn’t expecting a whole website to be created because of this, as I thought perhaps they would use a different site, one that’s established. I just looked it up and it is posted on an established site, the ACL one. It’s not a new site, more of a page. A webpage. There’s a link on the main ACL page. 1.3 million at this moment raised so far.


  • And if this wealthy man wins any damages – using others’ money – will he be donating them to charity? I doubt it. He deserves to lose comprehensively for saying such appalling things.


  • Fancy being supported for sprouting hate. Pauline Hanson was crucified for a similar thing.

    • Exactly, the mind boggles, what many Australians are like these days, supporting hatred, scary.


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