one of your products is alienating and turning away your subscribers
I suppose one question is whether or not because of his comments anyone has declined to watch a game IF is playing in?
His termination had nothing to do with him being a christian though did it, otherwise half of rugby players would be terminated. He was terminated because he breached the code of conduct. Surely saying my religion gives me a free card to use hate speech at work doesn't fly in today's society.
Depends if you think quoting religious texts is hate speech. I doubt he'd be quoting it in earnest belief if he wasn't a Christian.
What if I was an extremest and I was saying all non believers will die a fiery death, all non "insert religion" will die if they don't believe "my religion". If I approached a non believer in my work place and said John, sorry to say but you will die a painful fiery death unless you join my religion, you are a horrible person for not believing, you are sentencing you and your family to a horrible death. Do you think that would be tolerated?
Anyway I think it will be a good case to set a precedent and hopefully stop others spreading hateful speech in name of their religion.
I accept the nobler intentions of what you say, but who is to determine the extent of religious speech versus hateful speech? Does the Federal Government now step in and determine what passages can remain in the bible/ koran/ torah etc? Section 116 of the Constitution specifically prohibits such action: "The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion"
I must say this whole debacle only serves to highlight to me how much I abhor the Brand values bullshit of commercial Rugby. It's going down somewhat of the same route as e.g. Apple, where the creation of an Apple persona, with its associated plethora of 'right-on' values, is a mechanism for gouging excess profits from its fan base (customers in old money).
I don't watch rugby as some sort of moral endeavour and I certainly don't implicitly sign up for the various rugby unions' 'values', which are spouted in such situations.
The level of hypocrisy is breathtaking. Anyone with any awareness realises that some of the pro's are women beaters and general psycho's/arseholes, having values which don't appear to be part of rugby union ideals.
The ARFU would do itself a favour if it adopted a code of conduct which didn't pontificate on which legal off field values were acceptable (or not) and just stuck to promoting the entertainment and athleticism of the sport.
That way IF repeating Christian beliefs would just be one man's view. Those who don't agree can simply chose not to be Christians, in much the same way I chose not to be Muslim, or Hindu, etc..
End of rant.
I agree that selectors likely to shoot for four locks, which means Patty T competing with Hemopo. Also expect that they'll go with two 10s and look for a fullback who can play 10 against Canada. Jordie seems to have the inside running. As for Luke W, he only gets in if Read is crocked. More likely he's only a plane trip away.
@Crazy-Horse Great comment. Add to those an outside back Ben Smith who creates space and passes better than anyone. I would say that is the Blues greatest weakness - they have had so many destructive ball runners yet constantly miss opportunities with backs not passing in the open or forwards off loading in 50/50 contact areas.
It was a big problem in past seasons when we were stuffing wingers into the midfield, but I'm not sure that this has been that big a problem for us this year, probably because we have proper midfielders in the midfield now who are willing passers. Then you have Melani who has improved his passing and ability to put players away.
I was watching a dodgy connection on VPN, but I don't remember our first fives kicking much, other than that Plummer PEARL.
What I did notice was Clan sending a runner at breakneck pace to get between our midfield players and encourage the cutback.
I'd have expected a seasoned 10 to kick tactically to keep the Clan rush honest. As it was, the Blues backs were predictable and their penetration reduced to individual attempts at breaks.
Did we do one kick chase?
Nonu and Reiko Ioane were excellent for the Blues. The Blues lost this in the forwards: at scrum time and the breakdown. Big Karl and "King" Akira weren't really there tonight.
Ben Smith as ever, superb for the Landers. Coltman, Lomax and Lietjens all very good.
I don't think big Karl was that bad. For me Ofa is a bit flat at the mo. As it turned out probably cost us that Mafileo went off so early.
Old schoolers like me look for balance in the loose trio, and Red, Dalton and Akira doen't have it. Through (EDIT:Throw!) in Blake Gibson at and balance is restored.