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Aussie Rugby Star Promotes Bible, Loses Career

Australian rugby star Israel Folau lost a $4 million contract last Friday when an appeals tribunal upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate Folau’s contract after he posted a biblically-based comment on Instagram warning different types of sinners about the reality of hell as well as proclaiming the love of Jesus.

Folau explained, “As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression. The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.”

However, Rugby Australia saw the 30-year-old’s words as violating its code of conduct, since it is also a founding member of Pride in Sport, a program that promotes LGBT lifestyles in athletics. The rugby league asked Folau to take down the post or risk losing his contract.

Folau not only refused to take down the post, but also refused the league’s $1 million settlement. He is considering bringing a lawsuit.

Earlier this month, both Land Rover and Asics pulled their partnerships with Folau after the Instagram post. Folau could be the first Australian athlete dismissed for expressing fundamental religious beliefs.

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Victoria, Australia Okays Assisted Suicide

The Australian state of Victoria just legalized assisted suicide. Starting in mid-2019, Victorians with terminal, incurable illnesses who have been residents of the state for a year or more will be able to obtain a lethal drug within 10 days of a request.

The legalization of euthanasia in Victoria is good news for Australian-born Dr. Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International and creator of the new death machine known as the Sarco. This spaceship-like contraption floods patients within its luxurious capsule with liquid nitrogen. The patients experience a relatively fast and painless death. The whole operation will be open-source and could theoretically be 3-D printed anywhere in the world. Nitschke is in talks with suicide clinics in Switzerland to license the machine.

This new technology could lead to offering death on demand in the future in those countries that have already legalized assisted suicide for terminal illnesses. Hopefully, the rest of the states in Australia won’t follow suit but instead will offer its citizens more reasons to live than to die.

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Australian Senator Says No to Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ on Postal Survey

Despite pressures from her colleagues, Australian Labor Sen. Helen Polley of Tasmania has decided to vote against legalizing same-sex “marriage” in Australia’s nationwide postal survey. “This is a very personal, very much a conscience vote, and my Christian belief and my faith tell me one thing,” she explained.

Pressures are great not just for Polley but for regular Christian citizens in the country who fear being labeled as bigots or losing their jobs by discussing their views on marriage. Australia’s conservative Coalition for Marriage recognizes the legitimacy of these concerns and hopes to encourage bravery on the part of the faith community.

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Australia and the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Survey

Instead of putting it up for an official vote in Parliament or holding a referendum, the government of Australia is going to the public on the issue of same-sex “marriage” through a nonbinding, non-compulsory postal mail survey. The “vote” done by a mailed survey might not be legal or constitutional and it will cost about $100 million, but some are hoping the information gleaned can be used to sway an official parliamentary vote in the near future.

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Ben and Jerry’s Displays Solidarity for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Saying that “love comes in all flavors,” Ben & Jerry’s has banned orders of two scoops of the same flavor ice cream in Australia until it legalizes same-sex “marriage.”

Dr. Michael Brown thinks the company’s logic is lacking. “Will they ban three-scoop cones of any flavor until Australia legalizes throuples? . . . and will the company ban one scoop of one flavor plus two scoops of another flavor until Australia legalizes polygamy?”

Dr. Brown posits that Ben & Jerry’s scoop ban actually points to the uniqueness of biblical marriage: Two scoops of the same flavor, representing same-sex “marriage,” just means more of the same, while two scoops of a different flavor, representing men and women in a God-ordained marriage, brings something new and unique.

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