Religion isn't a welcome dinner subject for most Australians. The country has grown increasingly secular, and in one recent poll a majority said religion did more harm than good.

Sports, though, is a different matter — it's a national obsession. So in the weeks since an evangelical Christian rugby star was fired over homophobic statements, Australians have been arguing at home, online and over the airwaves about freedom of religion, freedom of speech, political correctness and gay rights.

The rugby player, Israel Folau, was removed from the Australian national team in late May after he breached his employment contract by

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