Hate Group Raises $1.5M For Anti-LGBT Rugby Star

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist:

Israel Folau is eager to sue Rugby Australia for terminating his contract after he said gay people would burn in hell, and despite being fairly wealthy himself, he launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $3 million. The company soon shut the page down saying they don’t allow fundraisers that “tolerate the promotion of discrimination.”

But leave it to conservative Christians to come to his defense. The Australian Christian Lobby, the equivalent of a Christian Right group in the United States, has launched its own fundraiser for Folau.

The Australian Christian Lobby was once led by Lyle Shelton, who said he feared marriage equality because people might think he’s gay and once compared an LGBTQ inclusion program in schools to the Holocaust.

At this writing the Christian crowdfunding page has raised over $1.5 AUD. According to the ACL, $100,000 of that is their own money. Folau owns five luxury homes and drives a Lamborghini.