Maria Folau — The Next Target

Now that Israel Folau has had his contract with Rugby Australia torn up, it seems that his wife Maria’s future with Netball South Australia as well as Netball Australia is also being called into question. Well, at least by certain journalistic activists in the media commentariat. For example, according to podcast producer, Eric George, in The Weekend Australian:

“The Adelaide Thunderbirds have found themselves in a very tricky — if entirely predictable — quagmire after star Kiwi shooter Maria Folau joined her husband Israel in a public fundraising campaign as he fights his former employer Rugby Australia.”

Honestly, this is whole thing is beyond ridiculous. What is she supposed to do? Publicly denounce her husband? That’s positively Stalinist, like one of the great Moscow show trials. Cue the media spin doctors and their scripted statement through the mouth of Bronwyn Klei, chief executive of Netball South Australia, who told The Advertiser that:

“We champion netball as a sport for anyone and everyone, from the players to umpires, spectators, clubs, and volunteers.”

But then George, goes on to inexplicably call for both Netball South Australian and Super Netball to step in so as to “assure fans its commitment to inclusion is sincere”. Seriously…? Because that approach has worked soooo well for Rugby Australia, hasn’t it?!

‘Inclusion’ and ‘tolerance’ are admirable qualities, that is of course, unless you are of a particular religious faith that is the majority cultural belief of those living in the Pacific Islands. No inclusion for the likes of those bigots. Just note that the article in The Weekend Australian went on to describe the behaviour of Maria Folau to her fellow non-heterosexual teammates:

“Collingwood star Ash Brazill recently told The Saturday Paper that Maria had supported her marriage to long-time partner Brooke Grieves in 2016.

Maria, apparently, has “always been lovely” to the couple, further muddying the picture.”

It’s difficult, isn’t it, when dedicated followers of Jesus—such as Israel and Maria Folau—act in ways that are contrary to the leftist narrative that ‘inclusion’ and ‘tolerance’ has to mean not only agreement, but also unqualified affirmation of those whom you disagree with? If only he had committed something less serious (such as dealing drugs or domestic violence perhaps), then he might have only gotten a few weeks’ suspension as opposed to a permanent life ban!

So, this is what we’re up against now. If they can’t get to you then they’ll come for your spouse and then the members of your family. Such is this glorious new age of ‘inclusion’ and in particular, ‘tolerance’.

By |2019-06-22T13:13:11+10:00June 22nd, 2019|Australia, Authors, Faith, Freedom|41 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Powell has six children and he is a Presbyterian minister at Cornerstone Church in Strathfield, Sydney. Mark writes for the Spectator and is a passionate advocate for faith and family; he has been on radio and TV advocating for Freedom, Faith, Family and Life.


  1. Jean Antill June 22, 2019 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    This warfare against Christians has been ongoing and although at times the devil thought he had won over the sinners he list put big time with revivals. This is simply an attack on the Z Christian belief by people that have no understanding whatsoever ever of living under strict dictatorship. In some countries bring gay us a death sentence not a young man devout to God who said as the Bible states and as l also say they are sinners and their destiny is hell unless the change and repent. This revolution again Christian eludes has been tried before and now the devil chooses a particular group to promote his evil but sadly many caught into his lies cannot see it! I am not changing for anyone who dislikes what l say re my beliefs or judges me as not inclusive. That is another lie. The behaviour sexually is the sin. Such nastyvinductivenonbelievers and dealing out the devils evil immoral sinful beliefs. He is smiling as he thinks he has won. No he has not! I ask Israel’s wife Marea to stand by her husband as God will reward them both for keeping their faith. This is an attack on the family but remember God is in charge and will INTERVENE when he feels it right. This is OUR society today and this is because SSM was accepted as a normal lifestyle. That it is not!! So sad! I stand with Israel and his family in their love of God and their obedience.

    • Robert Yavala June 25, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Awesome reply Jean..You also spoke my heart.They the left are all going to.lose.I said. In one of my comments yesterday that in some country’s you would get a rifle but to the head for attacking the Christians like what is happening now.

  2. AuskiHeth June 22, 2019 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    THANKYOU Mark Powell, your coverage of this “death by media” is refreshing. Why the media has such a heart of hate for CHRISTians can only be fulfilment of scripture. I’m in agreeance that these individual attacks would have been better served if the man and his wife had a domestic violence case, or addiction to any of the other devices eg alcohol, prostitutes, drugs or even gambling. Seems writing scriptures from the Bible is far more heinous a crime !!!! Now his lovely supportive wife gets dragged into this persecution…. sad and wrong. May God give us all an extra dose of peace & patience as we pray for the sinners to find the same Christ who set us FREE from sin. Amen 🙏💞

    • Mark Powell June 27, 2019 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Glad you found it helpful. What’s happened since I published this has only further proven the point

  3. Yvette Wynne June 22, 2019 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Well written mark!! Yvette Wynne cheers bro!

    • Mark Powell June 27, 2019 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Thanks Yvette. Luke 17:10 🙂

  4. Janet June 23, 2019 at 4:08 am - Reply

    Leave these two Godly people alone. Haven’t they been through enough already, why is it a crime to quote scripture, I support you Maria and Israel.

  5. Jaynell Gudsell June 23, 2019 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Crikey.This is public flogging and public persecution101.It is like the Rom a n Empire all over again.Why do lesbians and homosexuals have to be so in our face all the time.

  6. Jill Kean June 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    So true! So sad! So toxic! We can indeed love one another and have different views…to be inclusive by definition is to include all not just those who share my beliefs. I am a born again christian and one of my fondest encounters was with a beautiful muslim man who exuded love. God is Love!

  7. Jeanette Dobson June 23, 2019 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    This is getting so out of hand. Are the left going to ban the Bible next. God help us 🙏🙏🙌❤️

    • Harry the athiest activist June 23, 2019 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      That would be a great idea along with all other stupid religions. Then we might have world peace at last.

      • John bastiaens June 25, 2019 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        As long as man tries to rule this world, there can Never-Be peace, only the Prince of peace can do that

      • Graham June 29, 2019 at 7:18 am - Reply

        Whether you believe in the Bible or believe in nothing, that is still a belief and atheism, which believes that there is no God should also be banned. If you believe that your ancestors came from monkeys, that too is a belief system and should be banned.

      • Maxwell Willcocks July 2, 2019 at 12:35 am - Reply

        Banning religions has been tried before and history says that it will not bring peace. Revolutions and movements of both left and right factions have discovered that abolishing religion creates a void that needs to be filled. This is why Robespierre re the French Revolution was against the excesses of dechristianisation. For Robespierre, he instituted the ‘Cult of the Supreme Being’ which only lasted for a little while before he lost his head. Totalitarian regimes have also been aware of this and have attempted to create a worship of the State or central figure representing the State. Such regimes have either collapsed or have created such oppressive conditions for their citizens who in reality have few fundamental rights. Solutions are never easy my friend. Let us celebrate our love of this country for what fundamental rights we do have and may we forever uphold them. In this, I respect your right to be an atheist and I hope in return my friend that you will respect my right to be a Christian.

  8. Michael June 23, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Why would you publish such lies? Maria Foau does not and has never played for any Australian netball team. She is from New Zealand and is the shooter for the Silver Ferns.

    • John K June 23, 2019 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Think twice before you make nasty accusations Michael! She plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds. You can apologise now.

    • Graham June 29, 2019 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Has Michael had the courage to apologise YET? Let us consider the opportunity of allowing all homosexuals to have their own community. A community exclusive to themselves. How long would such a community survive? Do the same to heterosexuals and see how long they will survive. Then decide which is the better solution to humanity.

  9. Monica Bennett-Ryan June 23, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Great article Mark. “Inclusion and tolerance” are a red herring. They are a ruse. A lie. It is simply not true that a lack of inclusion leads to suicide, which is the basis for the LBGTI’s unreasonable insistence on acceptance. The truth is; exclusion is a normal part of the human experience. Everyone, without exception, is excluded from somewhere, or something at any given time in their lives. Knowing we are excluded doesn’t make us want to kill ourselves. It actually helps us find our place. The whole ‘inclusion’ thing is a social scam. I say, let’s expose it!

    • Mark Powell June 27, 2019 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Amen Monica 🙂

  10. Mary McGinnis June 23, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    We have to support Israel and his family. I am a practicing Catholic and this man is taking the brunt of this for all of us. I will support and donate to help the cause.

  11. Clare Chiarizia June 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I knew this would happen when Liz Ellis decided to target Israel’s wife weekd ago. It wasn’t necessary and was unkind. I had always believed Liz Ellis to be a decent person. Not anymore.

  12. Harry the athiest activist June 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    We should exclude religious idiots mouthing off in sport.

    • Donna June 29, 2019 at 6:52 am - Reply

      And should we also exclude those who call people nasty names like “religious idiots”???

    • Graham June 29, 2019 at 7:22 am - Reply

      I agree with you as that includes you seeing that you call them idiots. Any belief system is a religious system. Whether you believe in God or believe that homosexuals have a right to marry or any woman can for any or no reason have an abortion, is a religious point of view as it begins with the word “believe”.

  13. Ronald Lel June 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Powell, are you suggesting that Maria Folau should support Israel simply because she is his wife? Seriously this article is hysterical. She should just have kept quiet. Folau’s money raising is a disgrace.

    • Mark Powell June 27, 2019 at 11:01 am - Reply

      G’day Ronald. Not at all. I’m simply saying that she shouldn’t be punished simply because she is his wife! 🙂

      If you think what I have written is “hysterical” then you might want to consider what the pressure that the ANZ Bank and the Health Insurance company HCF have since put on Maria’s team…

      Second, if “she should just keep silent” then aren’t you then denying her freedom of speech?

      Finally, Folau’s case is not just about him but as many have now realised it is going to affect us all.

    • Graham June 29, 2019 at 7:24 am - Reply

      And if one is raising money for what you believe in or consider correct, that is okay by you. But for one who does not go along with you, that effort is wrong. Friend, remove the beam in your eye before you strain to see the splint in someone else’s eye.

  14. Tina Zalakos June 23, 2019 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I was 100% behind Israel before he started a go fund me for $3 oooooo for his legal costs. What could we do for the poor and homeless in our country with that much money. I ask ,”what would Jesus do?”

    • Janey June 25, 2019 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      What are you specifically doing for the poor & homeless in this country?

    • Graham June 29, 2019 at 7:27 am - Reply

      The only resource for us to know what Jesus would do is found in the Bible, which of course you must be familiar with. And here is what the Lord Jesus says “when I was in prison, you visited me, when I was in need to cared for me” If you would like to know more, read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, to know how Jesus would like us to act and react.

  15. Rob mort June 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Interesting that the catholic Church has been very quiet on This one..

  16. John K June 23, 2019 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Well constructed article, Mark. I will take Israel Folau more seriously when he posts Leviticus 19:28 online and explains his interpretation of it.

    • Mark Powell June 27, 2019 at 11:06 am - Reply

      G’day John. Thanks for the feedback mate. I would just like to say two things in response:

      1. Folau quoted from the New Testament. He is not a Jew and so therefore is not obligated to obey the Old Testament “civil” and “ceremonial” laws. Hence, he’s not being inconsistent or hypocritical.

      2. Check out the following article which does a good job of showing how the Old and Testaments fit together. I trust you’ll find it helpful in understanding where Folau – and the majority of Christian believers – are coming from.



  17. Frank June 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Robert Mort, the Catholic Church along with other Churches are the people. The People have spoken!!!

  18. Jacqui June 28, 2019 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    John K, in regards to Leviticus. Firstly, it is the mosaic. law and was not created as an eternal law, it was a temporary law that no one could actually attain to. God needed to show us how sinful we are, and how we cannot save ourselves. We needed to see how far away from his perfection we are. The bible says even our best works are like filfthy rags in comparison to Gods purity and perfection. The Jews also proved unable to live according to the mosaic law, and in doing so made their lives much more difficult (they were taken as slaves many times and persecuted like no other people group), yet God did not allow them to be wiped out completely (though many, namely Palestine, would love to see that happen even today). What other race has suffered as much intense persecution as Israel, yet Israel emerges strong despite that, is that a reflection on them and their holiness? No, it is a reflection on the fact that God keeps his promises! He promised abraham he would make Israel a great nation, and His word never fails. The Jews are less than 3% of the worlds population yet they hold 30% of the worlds wealth, and on top of that it’s the only country in the Middle East without oil so the prosperity isn’t attributed to having endless supplies of liquid gold buried under their land. God blesses them, despite their inadequacies and even their rejection of the Messiah, because He promised to do so, no other reason.

    Leviticus 19:28 if you read the verses surrounding this one they relate to Israel, being required to set themselves apart from the pagan cultures that they had been exposed to for hundreds of years. It wasn’t uncommon to sacrifice children to appease the gods in the surrounding cultures. in the following verses it discusses how you shall not sell your children as prostitues (children were used as temple prostitutes). People involved in pagan cultures would cut themselves as a sacrifice to the gods, they didn’t know how many cuts to make so they would keep going until their prayer was answered, and I’m guessing many would have died prior to that happening. I personally wouldn’t get a tattoo but I also see that the more important part of that section of scripture is that when you become a Christian there should be a definite change in your character/lifestyle. The new ‘self’ should be different to the old ‘self’, not in outward appearance but from the inside and should be notable to others. Its not something that happens by our striving but as the work of the Holy Spirit presence with. Issy has not shown any hate/negativity, despite all the abuse thrown at him, that is worthy of respect. I think if the best the mockers can do is pick on the presence of a few tattoos on him then that shows an amazing strength of his character and admirable conduct on Issy’s part.

    I think another thing to note is that Issy wrote an article last year on players voice, he titles it “I’m a sinner too”. Putting our trust in Jesus is recognition of our own insufficency in and of ourselves to do anything good enough to deserve Gods acceptance but through trusting and following Christ we can attain forgiveness and acceptance despite our personal inadequacy.

  19. Paul Harris June 28, 2019 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Quote from the Bible brings fear to non believers. Fear of what if it’s true! Goods new, it is!

  20. Terry Falkenberg June 28, 2019 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Lift Jesus higher.
    Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.
    Humility I see here and they are lifted up. Encouraged and loved by the support of many.
    Love your enemy. This is a spiritual battle. It is not against flesh and blood but a spiritual battle.

  21. Maureen Lange June 29, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Well done Aussies, speak up for religious freedom and freedom of speech. We’ve had enough!

  22. Anna Soh July 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Finding it incredibly sad that this great nation of tolerance has lost it’s way because of a few who think they can take advantage of the the fact that most Aussies don’t like to make a fuss about most things can push through their agenda! I guess they have gone to far and the “silent majority” or “quiet Australians” are no longer willing to remain quiet!

    I hope our government will take this seriously and find a way to put a stop to this madness that these few elites hiding behind the names of the corporations they work for to push through their personal views!

  23. Gee July 3, 2019 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I sincerely hope she is not brought into this. Israel should never have made those comments, they are pro-him and reflect his views and desires, not that of the Christian faith. There is a time and place for judgement and that was not it. Who next will he line up, women caught in adultery. The best outcome would be for him to humble himself, acknowledge his words were judgemental, make peace with RA and get back playing sports. I don’t recall ever reading, ‘blessed are those that provoke division and sit in judgement on my behalf”. I may have a different version though.

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