So GoFundMe has shut down Israel Folau’s fundraiser. For those who have been living under a rock lately, Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia for quoting from the Bible.
And his fundraiser was to help pay the legal costs for his court battle against Raelene Castle and her diversity-is-for-everyone-except-Christians crew.
But it is more truthful to say that GoFundMe has shut down the fundraiser of thousands of Australians who want to support Israel Folau. After all, they are the ones who were charged a fee to use this service.
I was one of these people.
I live in Queensland. I used the service provided by GoFundMe to donate to Israel Folau. And like many others I did so on the basis of my religious beliefs and to show my support for Israel Folau who has been punished for expressing a mainstream Christian viewpoint.
And now GoFundMe has scarpered with my donation plus a $10 fee, stating piously that:
As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.
While we welcome GoFundMes engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.
Did I say piously? Sorry, I meant politically. GoFundMe issued a political statement about a fundraiser motivated by religious belief. And GoFundMe happens to have the exact opposite political and religious beliefs as me, their customer.
Which brings us to an interesting point. It is unlawful in Queensland for service providers to discriminate on the grounds of religious or political belief.
Specifically, it is unlawful to fail to supply goods or services on these gounds. It is illegal to discriminate in the terms on which goods or services are supplied. It is against the law to discriminate in the way goods or services are supplied. And, just to make it clear, it is even prohibited to treat another person unfavourably in any way in connection with the supply of goods or services.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT 1991 – SECT 7
Discrimination on the basis of certain attributes prohibited
7 DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF CERTAIN ATTRIBUTES PROHIBITED
The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of the following attributes—
(b) relationship status;
(d) parental status;
(i) religious belief or religious activity;
(j) political belief or activity;
(k) trade union activity;
(l) lawful sexual activity;
(m) gender identity;
(o) family responsibilities;
(p) association with, or relation to, a person identified on the basis of any of the above attributes.
Interestingly, it is also unlawful to discriminate on grounds of ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexuality’ but we all know that Christians do not have a gender identity or sexuality so these provisions obviously only apply to other people.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT 1991 – SECT 46
Discrimination in goods and services area
46 DISCRIMINATION IN GOODS AND SERVICES AREA
(1) A person who supplies goods or services (whether or not for reward or profit) must not discriminate against another person—
(a) by failing to supply the goods or services; or
(b) in the terms on which goods or services are supplied; or
(c) in the way in which goods or services are supplied; or
(d) by treating the other person unfavourably in any way in connection with the supply of goods and services.
(2) In this section, a reference to a person who supplies goods and services does not include an association that—
(a) is established for social, literary, cultural, political, sporting, athletic, recreational, community service or any other similar lawful purposes; and
(b) does not carry out its purposes for the purpose of making a profit.
And this is not just the case in Queensland. Victoria has similar laws.
Which brings us to another interesting point.
There is absolutely no point taking a complaint about this to the Diversity Commissars.
While GoFundMe has broken sacred anti-discrimination laws in Queensland and Victoria, the bodies that oversee those laws are entirely corrupted, biased and broken.
The law might state that it is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of religious or political belief in the provision of goods or services. But we all know that there is simply no way the GroupThink Bureaucrats with their 1984 hats on will ever do anything to action a complaint made by Christians against the Gaystapo.
The words in the laws might have meanings but we all know those laws were only meant to protect special people at the expense of others.
And this is the key take away of the Israel Folau farce. Every time you hear the words ‘respect’, ‘diversity’ or ‘inclusion’ you know that some poor sod is about to be sacked, or some outcast is about to be told why they can’t play because they quoted from the Bible.
The entire anti-discrimination industry is a hypocritical sham. If we learn one thing from this saga, it must be that we don’t need a religious discrimination law. What we need to do is to abolish the human rights rent-seekers who are leeching off taxpayers to impose their utterly joyless worldview on all of us.
The last thing any of us need is for a state or commonwealth parliament to give this mob more power over religion.