Israel Folau has taken to social media to thank those who have donated to his latest fundraiser, which has now surpassed $2 million.
The Australian Christian Lobby put its website resources behind a campaign relaunch and by 8.30pm Wednesday had helped raise more than $2 million.
Folau said he was "humbled" by the support, thanking those who have donated and the ACL for coming to his aid.
"To those who have criticised me, I bear no ill will towards you. You have every right to express your own beliefs and opinions," he posted on Instagram, in what could be interpreted as an ironic take on the whole saga.
“To the thousands of you who donated to my GoFundMe campaign, I am forever grateful.
“GoFundMe’s decision to shut down my campaign proves the importance of my case; whether you share my faith or believe in my right to express it, attempts to sanction what we believe is a threat to all Australians.
“I am incredibly thankful for the Australian Christian Lobby, which has not only come to my defence in the media, but generously established a website to receive donations on my behalf.
“For those not in a position to donate, your support and prayers will make more of a difference than anything else. God bless!”
Christian Lobby boss grilled
The ex-Wallaby claims he's in the "fight of my life" to be reinstated by Rugby Australia, which pulled his $4 million contract in May after the committed Christian posted a Bible passage on social media and was criticised for being homophobic.
Folau is trying to build a $3 million war chest to support his unfair dismissal case against RA, which he believes could go all the way to the High Court.
The star rugby back also wants up to $10 million in damages.
ACL head Martyn Iles said the average donation was just below $100 and the number of donors was being clocked at 10 per minute.
"The quiet Australians are speaking with their wallets," he told Seven's Sunrise program.
"There's a lot of juice left in this."
Mr Iles also weighed in on the controversy surrounding ANZ, saying Israel's wife shouldn't be targeted on what the ACL views as a religious freedom issue.
"It doesn't surprise me at all. This is precisely the reason why people are supporting Israel Folau," he told Nine's Today show.
"It is all under this language of inclusion, but not so inclusive they can include somebody with beliefs they disagree with."
“It’s all under this language of inclusion, but not so inclusive that they can include someone with beliefs they disagree with.” @MartynLloydIles from the @ACLobby on the Israel Folau saga and promises the $1.5 million will “absolutely not” be used for personal use. #9Today pic.twitter.com/coUD95G0oF— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 25, 2019