Israel Folau, a Full-Back for the New South Wales Waratahs of the Rugby Australia has launched into another crazy hateful and homophobic tirade across social media; drawing condemnation from Rugby Australia, Teammates, Fans and others.
His post included a picture that read…
“Warning. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you. Repent! Only Jesus saves.“ And included a caption quoting passages from the bible and pushing his religious views in a judgmental and hateful manner towards others.
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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30 KJV _______________
The devout Christian is no stranger to such extremist views, nor is it his first time drawing the ire of fans and officials of Rugby Australia for his homophobic attacks. Last year he responded to an Instagram post with similar views condemning gay people to hell and then in turn denied that he is homophobic when called out for his remarks. Folau has previously appeared of the Star Observer Magazine and has publicly supported the Bingham Cup. He claimed that he was not homophobic and “never intended to hurt anyone.” But his actions since then tell a different story.
His actions since then have been clearly targeted toward LGBT people, in addition to his anti-gay tirades, he also has criticized Tasmania’s decision for making the inclusion of gender optional on birth certificates.
Following his very-public posts, Rugby Australia released a statement condemning his remarks immediately following the original post. It reads…
“Rugby Australia is aware of a post made by Israel Folau on his Instagram account this afternoon.
The content within the post is unacceptable. It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community.
The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit has been engaged on the matter tonight.“
Considering the history of his remarks and the consistency of his “message”, it is unknown yet as to whether or not Folau will receive sanctions from Rugby Australia or the Waratahs. Let’s be clear Folau, you are hurting people and we know it is fully intentional.
By Dirk Smith