Sky News presenter Erin Molan says the NRL Manly Sea Eagles jersey situation was “terribly handled in so many ways”.
“The use of religion to pick out parts of a faith that suit and ignore other elements that don’t: alcohol, gambling, assault, and adultery – no one seems to feel that passionate about taking a stand against any of these behaviors for religious reasons. ,” she said.
“They are happy to ignore, forgive and even promote these apparent sins.”
Ms Molan said this week’s headlines about the t-shirt saga “don’t help, they hurt”.
“In homes across the country right now, perhaps yours, there are young people weighing whether it’s worth telling their parents or taking their own lives instead.
“But I hope that in some way this group of ordinary, valuable and sometimes vulnerable Australians are feeling a little heartened by the reaction of some in the rugby league world, and some outside of it, who came out to support.
“And I hope that all the people who are fighting their own battle to be who they are, nothing more, nothing less, feel a little comforted by that.”
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