How Hillsong’s Brian Houston Blasted Novak Djokovic After His Own Church Blown Up for a Wild Music Festival That Fought Against Covid Rules
- Hillsong co-founder believes unvaccinated star should not be allowed in Australia
- Brian Houston hopes, ‘Australia will learn from this and will tighten the rules’
- Divided reaction when Novak Djokovic weighed in on visa saga
- Footage has since gone viral in which Hillsong followers sing and dance at the camp
Hillsong co-founder Brian Houston lashed out at the decision to allow tennis star Novak Djokovic to remain in Australia and urged the government to “toughen the rules” just three days before the church’s youth camp sparked public outrage .
The mega church has come under fire after footage of young revelers singing and dancing at the Hillsong Wildlife Summercamp in the north went viral. Sydney, despite a statewide ban on those activities in nightclubs, pubs and outdoor events.
Three days ago, the Hillsong founder weighed in on Djokovic’s Covid-19 vaccine waiver and visa saga ahead of the Australian Open Melbourne next week.
Hillsong co-founder Brian Houston (pictured with wife Bobby) criticized the church’s decision to allow unsuspecting tennis star Novak Djokovic into Australia a few days before accusing it of violating COVID rules at a youth camp Of.
Mr Houston made a scathing tweet on Monday after a judge ordered Djokovic to be released from immigration detention and not deported.
‘They should never have been allowed in the country. Hopefully Australia will learn from this and tighten the rules further. #proudlyvaccinated’,’ Mr Houston replied in a tweet.
Mr Houston’s comments about the tennis world number one sparked a divided reaction, even as the tweet writer replied that he would ‘stand well behind this’.
‘Wow Brian, I used to be inspired by your messages. I have opened my eyes. I had no idea totalitarianism could blind you so badly. When the world needs Christian leaders to stand up for what is right! Your hashtag should read #proudtobechristian,’ wrote one person.
Another added: ‘From a pastor, this is a very sad tweet. Where is Jesus in this?’
Brian Houston weighed in on the Novak Djokovic saga on Monday (tweet pic)
Novak Djokovic (pictured on Friday) could still have his visa canceled in the coming days
Hillsong founder Brian Houston (pictured in Sydney on 9 December) said he hoped Australia would learn from the Novak Djokovic saga and toughen the rules without vaccination.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Hillsong for comment on Mr Houston’s comments about Djokovic.
The world number one and 20-time Grand Slam champion could face a visa cancellation and expulsion from the country despite being the top seed in Thursday’s Australian Open draw.
Meanwhile, backlash continues over footage showing young Hillsong. Followers party to religious-themed pop music on the first night of camp on Wednesday.
Year 10 to 12 students’ event was allowed to proceed in spite of NSW The government recently banned singing and dancing in nightclubs, pubs and bars and canceled many concerts.
However, NSW Health gave exemptions for religious services – NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said this week that religious services were exempted from the rules because people attending such places of worship usually hold ‘fixed positions’ live.
Organizers of the Hillsong event have since been ordered by NSW Health to stop singing and dancing at the event.
“While this order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major entertainment facilities and the event clearly violates both the spirit and intent of the order,” Health Minister Brad Hazard said.
Hillsong Youth shared a series of videos showing its teenage followers partying to religious-themed pop music Wednesday night
Hillsong has not commented on its co-founder’s views on Djokovic. Pictured is of Brian Houston, co-founder of the church, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sydney last month
NSW Police say the church will not be fined.
“NSW Police will liaise with organizers to ensure future compliance with public health orders,” a spokesperson said.
The church insisted that its high school-aged youth camps were not comparable to concerts and that COVID-safe protocols were followed.
“Our camps primarily consist of outdoor recreational activities including sports and games,” Hillsong said in a statement.
‘Outdoor Christian services are held during the camp but these are only a small part of the program, and any singing is only a small part of each service.’
Hillsong founder Brian Houston’s comments about Novak Djokovic sparked a divided reaction
Full Hillsong Statement on its Newcastle Youth Camp
These events are our annual high school-aged youth camp, and are in no way the same as a music festival.
Our camps mainly consist of outdoor recreational activities including sports and games. We follow strict COVID procedures and follow government guidelines.
Outside Christian services are held during the camp but these are only a small part of the programme, and any singing is only a small part of each service (a video circulating on social media today shows minutes of this part of the program). it shows).
Participating parents were provided with COVID safety information prior to the camp, and all students and activists underwent rapid antigen testing before participating in the camp.
Face masks are mandatory when traveling in buses to and from the camp, all workers serving food are wearing masks, and deep cleaning of facilities was carried out between the two camps.
Sanitation stations are stationed around the site while paramedics and testing capabilities are on site 24 hours a day. Isolation protocols have been developed for positive cases or close contacts in the camp, and where necessary all attendee details are registered for contact tracing.
Questions on Government COVID guidelines should be directed to the Government of NSW.