Christchurch all-inclusive rugby team slams Israel Folau for latest anti-gay post

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2019

The Wallaby fullback has attracted mostly negative publicity with his off-the-field persona, as he has gained notoriety for his love of anti-gay artwork, mostly inspired by religious scripture.

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Shortly later, he took to Instagram that "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", Folau wrote in an accompanying message. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free, ' Folau tweeted.

Mark Latham has defended rugby star Israel Folau over his latest social media comments saying homosexuals are going to hell.

He first gained notoriety when shared his views, slamming gay marriage, shortly after he had tied the knot.

The Australia and Waratahs full-back earlier posted a tweet with a screenshot of an article regarding the Tasmanian Parliament passing a landmark legislation to make gender optional on birth certificates.

In a statement, Rugby Australia described content within the post as "unacceptable" and said its integrity unit was looking into Folau's conduct.

Israel Folau dives over to score a try for Australia.

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"We are taking a keen interest on the findings of Rugby Australia's Integrity Unit when they meet tonight and applaud the union for taking the stance that these kinds of comments are unacceptable".

"We want all LGBT athletes out there to know that rugby is a sport where you are welcome and respected, a sport of values that doesn't allow for such bigotry or discrimination of any kind".

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons wrote that Folau's latest post should see Rugby Australia cut their ties with the 73-test Wallaby.

Israel Folau could be in hot water again with Rugby Australia. "I would argue that Folau has now crossed over into hate speech". Be the better person and be YOU.

Former Wales worldwide Gareth Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, also responded to Folau's comments on Twitter.

"On one hand you're dealing with a human rights issue and on the other hand you're dealing with freedom of speech and someone's right to express their views, whether it be religious or otherwise".

Folau had offered to walk away from the sport if RA found itself in an untenable position with sponsors and fans.

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