The Christian group that spread the initial rumor that Steve Irwin had been “born again” shortly before his death has retracted the claim.
But as encouraging as it might be for Christians to know they
may share heaven with Irwin, the group now concedes there is reason
to doubt the conversion. The unverified story was sent out by an
exuberant staff member, said the group’s managing director, Carl
Wieland. “Though we are able to substantiate our suggestion that
Steve’s wife, Terri, was a church-going Christian, the stories of
Steve coming forward can, at this stage, not be substantiated,” he
said in a statement on the group’s website.
Note the name: Carl Wieland. The Australian co-founder of Answers In Genesis, the creationist group. I am not surprised.