Waratahs and Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has seen plans to have his contract terminated by Rugby Australia after another social media post condemning homosexuals to hell.
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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 fundamental Christian’s axing comes after the latest in a series of homophobic social media posts. In a statement released today by Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union, the governing bodies denounced Folau’s views, stating,
“Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.
“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.
“Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated.”
Ironically, Folau appeared on the cover of the Star Observer, Australia’s longest-running publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities in 2014, promoting the world’s leading gay rugby tournament, The Bingham Cup.
— FOX SPORTS Rugby (@FOXRUGBY) April 11, 2019
After his latest Instagram post, the captain of Japan’s rugby team, Michael Leitch, took to his own Instagram account to call out Folau’s bigotry.
"Israel Folau, I'm calling you out."
Japan captain Michael Leitch has posted this video on his Instagram in response to Israel Folau's latest homophobic comments.
Our captain. 😍 pic.twitter.com/rlQ3DRNvk3
— Japan Rugby Club (@JapanRugbyClub) April 11, 2019
The decision to cut on of its star players puts the Australian rugby team in a precarious position just months before the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Japan from September to November this year.
Following the announcement to terminate Folau’s contract, which was only recently renegotiated, Rugby Australia’s decision has been praised by one of the team’s major sponsors, Quantas, who called Folau’s anti-gay post “really disappointing”.
The storm brewing over Folau’s head may still extend to some other Wallabies players, among them Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa, who liked the post in question.
Israel Folau was sacked not because of his beliefs but because he repeatedly breached his employers social media policy and code of ethics, after formal warnings… it’s a simple HR issue, please stop asking what it has to do with playing rugby 🙄
— Hannah Mouncey 🤾♀️ (@HannahMouncey) April 11, 2019