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Scott Morrison Reckons Israel Folau Is A “Good Man” For Saying Gay People Are Going To Hell

"He's shown I think a lot of strength of character in just standing up for what he believes in."

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Treasurer Scott Morrison has come out in support of Israel Folau following his recent homophobic comments, saying the footballer is “a good man” and showed “a lot of strength of character” when he said gay people are going to hell unless they repent their sins.

How good is our government??

ScoMo’s weird endorsement took place on Miranda Devine’s radio show (where else?) yesterday. “He’s a good man,” he said as soon as Devine mentioned Folau’s name.

“He’s behaved with great dignity, I think,” Devine responded, because nothing says dignity like telling your Instagram followers they’re going to hell.

The pair then had a heartwarming chat about how Christians are feeling persecuted because it’s now widely seen as unacceptable for them to say horrible things about gay people, before Morrison decided to double down on his praise for Folau.

“Good for him for standing up for his faith. I think he wouldn’t have wanted to intend to have offended or hurt anyone, because that’s very much against the faith that he feels so passionately about, but he’s shown I think a lot of strength of character in just standing up for what he believes in, and I think that’s what this country’s all about.”

I guess Christians can’t be feeling all that persecuted, if they’re still happy to say this kind of thing live on air (albeit to Devine’s eight listeners listeners). Still, this is your reminder that this is how our senior government ministers are speaking about their LGBTIQ constituents, even after the postal survey made it pretty clear that the majority of the country doesn’t feel the same.