You know things are bad when even controversial shock jock Alan Jones is telling you to “button up”.
That’s exactly what happened after football player Israel Folau made headlines again over the weekend, for yet another impassioned “sermon” about how terrible human beings are.
This time, during his 10-minute video sermon he has linked our sinning ways with the increasing number of bush fires that are burning along the east coast.
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“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 bush fires and the droughts,” the 30-year-old says.
He goes on to say the timing of the bush fires are no coincidence, and are linked to recent changes to same sex marriage laws and abortion laws.
“Look how rapid these bush fires 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.”
Folau also reads from the Book of Isaiah in the Bible to prove his point: “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.”
His comments have been met with more than a healthy dose of confusion, disappointment, upset and disgust.
One of his biggest supporters, Alan Jones, condemned the comments, saying Israel is “a lovely human being, I know him well. But, Israel, button up. These comments don’t help.”
Meanwhile, Anglican minister Peter Kurti described Folau’s views as “outrageous”.
“These are outrageous views and they are up there with the religious fanaticism of the Greens,” Kurti says.
“But… we live in a free country and if this is what Israel Folau believes… he’s a preacher talking to his congregation. Surely in Australia we want to defend his right to do so even though we can think the views he expresses are completely wrong and offensive.”