Hillsong royalty Laura Togs, who is the daughter of the founder Brian Houston, uploaded a lengthy Instagram rant directed at the media for *daring* to report on the church’s dodgy youth camp. Because apparently reporting potential violations of public health orders is “unfair.”
Two weeks ago, Hillsong Youth Camp came under fire after photos emerged of teenagers partying at what looked like a music festival with no masks in sight.
The footage sparked outrage and media scrutiny due to a perceived double standard in the enforcement of public health orders, as at the same time clubs and bars had been banned from dancing.
Enter Laura Toggs, a Hillsong Youth Ministry pastor, who has now uploaded a lengthy 15 minute video on Instagram slamming the media for seemingly dragging the Hillsong teenagers through the mud and turning them into a “national disgrace”, as if it weren’t a consequence of their own actions.
She claimed the Australian government gave Hillsong permission to stage the dodgy event privately, but then ‘backtracked’ when under ‘media pressure’.
It’s almost as if part of the media’s job is to create public pressure that pushes the government to keep its promises. In this case, do not give free passes to religious organizations to hold concerts when everyone is under health restrictions.
“The idea of the world of good and evil has gone completely crazy, it’s twisted,” Toggs said, defending the gathering of hundreds of teenagers as hardly a crime.
“We have created a positive environment for fun and for friendship. If you think about the last two years they had to endure, the loneliness, the isolation… Is it really so terrible and worthwhile? ” she said.
“To suggest that we are above the law and blatantly breaking the rules is unfair. It’s ridiculous.
She then defended the camp by saying she was unaware of recent public health orders – an excuse that literally wouldn’t hold up in any other case of breaking the law.
“I personally wasn’t aware that the rules had changed around music festivals,” she said.
“There was very little phone reception and I was unaware of this change.”
She admitted the musical event was “reckless”, but thinks it should still be “forgivable”. And then, of course, she blamed the media for concocting all this drama like the photos didn’t speak for themselves.
Toggs claimed it was never really about outrage at double standards, and in fact the media had a clear ‘agenda’ to ‘drag Hillsong through the mud’ and ‘destroy’ its name. , which she said was an “insult” to all Australians.
She went on to describe Hillsong as being specifically made up of “everyday Australians”, as if the Australian nationality of Hillsong devotees should make them friendlier than others. Lots to unpack here.
In an accompanying comment, Toggs continued to accuse the media of lies and said prevailing with the truth is the biblical way.
“I’ve seen the media willfully ignore all fairness in the name of click-bait and to accommodate any profit they make from their agenda,” she wrote.
“It’s destroying people’s lives one cheap title at a time and it’s heartbreaking to watch people believe the lies.”
“To continue to bow to the media is essentially to allow them to continue to own the narrative worldwide, above the truth. It’s the most reckless thing you can do for your mind and your soul. Standing up for the truth is biblical,” she said.
“If you want to fill your mind and soul with bric-a-brac, then go ahead and buy anything [shit] they spoon feed you. But if you want truth to shape your heart, soul, and mind, let the Bible be your source of wisdom, truth, and direction.
Oh yes. Media reporting on public health attacks = evil. Hillsongers actually breaking public health orders = forgivable. Classic.