Israel Folau thanks supporters as donations for legal battle rise

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The new campaign has raised more than $1.7 million, as well as an additional $100,000 pledge from the ACL itself.

The figure surpassed $1.75million on Wednesday morning.

This time, the 30-year-old unrivaled rugby star was axed by fundraising platform GoFundMe after raising more than $760,000 in legal fees.

The campaign has received donations of nearly $1,000 per minute, ABC News reports.

"The quiet Australians are speaking with their wallets", he told Seven's Sunrise program.

"I'm just not sure what either side thinks they've achieved".

Despite the backlash, Silver Ferns assistant coach Debbie Fuller says the most important thing for the team is to fully support Folau during her "tough time".

"To those who have criticised me, I bear no ill will towards you".

The former NSW Waratah argues that decision was an act of religious discrimination, that the post was merely an expression of his sincerely-held religious beliefs, and signalled his intention to challenge the ruling at the FairWork Commission.

"I am incredibly thankful for the Australian Christian Lobby, which has not only come to my defence in the media, but generously established a website to receive donations on my behalf".

But the Australian Christian Lobby was not able to confirm what any excess money raised for Israel Folau's legal funds would be diverted to.

"We have received multiple requests to comment on the ACL's decision to support Israel Folau's fundraising efforts", the ACNC added on Twitter.

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'He shouldn't have to lose his job.

Instead they took on an individual who believed in the scriptures and persecuted him by taking away his capacity to earn a living from his chosen vocation by negating his contract.

The ACL has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to make a stand when parliament convenes next week.

But whilst Folau originally set out to fund his legal battles against Rugby Aus, his plea for cash has fast transformed into a national battle for religious freedom.

But one year later Folau, who regularly posts excerpts from the bible on Instagram and has been described as a fundamentalist Christian, shared a meme which listed various groups including homosexuals, liars, adulterers, fornicators, idolaters, drunks and thieves with the words: "WARNING: Hell awaits you".

Folau spokesman has denied his campaign was incompatible with GoFundMe's terms of service and said he was the victim of a campaign of discrimination.

"The haters and Christophobes have forced Israel Folau's church into hiding and GoFundMe appears to have closed his account, in the usual illiberal way of woke corporates", Miranda Devine, a conservative columnist for Sydney's Daily Telegraph, tweeted.

He is seeking A$10 million in damages for lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities among other reasons.

He has since controversially sought donations for a legal battle with RA.

Asked by host Deborah Knight about the potential excess donations, Mr Iles said: "It will be distributed in a way that is consistent with ..."

The Folau dispute could become a test case for religious freedom in Australia.

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