Media Release

CEO activism clashes with religious freedom

Reports today that Qantas is considering withdrawingits sponsorship for the Wallabies because of Israel Folau’s recent comments about homosexuality are the latest example of the national carrier’s attempts to marginalise Christians.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Martyn Iles expressed concern at the reports, “It’s not enough for Qantas to preach tolerance, they have to demonstrate it.

“This is just the latest attempt by big corporates to try to silence Christians and marginalise them for their beliefs.

“The threat to withdraw sponsorship for an athlete sharing his personal belief should send a chill down the spine of the millions of Australians who voted ‘No’ last year, and every politician who promised that gay marriage would not affect religious freedom – chief amongst them are Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.

“This just highlights the importance of Prime Minister Turnbull’s religious freedoms review and the need for parliament to act to ensure people of faith are protected.”

“It is astounding that the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, can talk about ‘a fair go’ whilst reassuring Cricket Australia he is “nowhere near” withdrawing his supportfor a team that deliberately cheated, but days later proceed to consider withdrawing their support for Wallabies because an athlete, a four times John Eales medallist, shared his personal religious belief.”

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