‘Hell awaits you!’

The complex case of Israel Folau
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March 2021, no. 429
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Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau or how free speech became so complicated by Malcolm Knox

Simon & Schuster, $32.99 pb, 262 pp

‘Hell awaits you!’

The complex case of Israel Folau
by
March 2021, no. 429

Late January 2021 brought a moment of anger and anguish for many liberal Australians. Margaret Court, the erstwhile tennis champion turned Pentecostal Christian preacher, had just received Australia’s top honour. Court may have won more grand slam tournaments than any other player, but her record cannot erase a history of derogatory comments about gay and transgender Australians. And yet, I wonder if most Australians didn’t just mentally check out of this latest chapter in a thirty-year kulturkampf over sexual identity. This is a country increasingly willing to live and let live – but not obsess – over such matters.

Less than two years earlier, another top athlete had brought the debate over faith and free speech to its apogee. Most of us seemed to accept that we should agree to disagree.

Andrew West reviews 'Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau or how free speech became so complicated' by Malcolm Knox

Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau or how free speech became so complicated

by Malcolm Knox

Simon & Schuster, $32.99 pb, 262 pp

Buy this book

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Comment (1)

  • Was it a crucial debate? If he had written the comment as a Letter to the Editor it would have been dismissed out of hand as puerile nonsense. There are all sorts of ugly comments self-published as graffiti on the back of dunny doors. I don't see anyone calling for a crucial debate on the rights to freedom of speech of the dunny door scribes.
    Posted by Patrick Hockey
    05 March 2021

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