Australian Rugby Player Israel Folau Incites Anger Online After A Homophobic Comment
A super religious rugby player has shared some insensitive thoughts.
The man in question is Australian Wallabies player Israel Folau. Folau posted an Instagram picture this past Tuesday to lightly touch on his disappointment at sustaining an injury at his latest game against the New South Wales Waratahs.
The image, shared below, depicts two images with the message that your plans for the future don’t always coincide with God’s plans for the future. In addition, the post included the Biblical quote, “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials.”
All that’s well and good, but soon Folau upset the internet when he responded to a comment. When someone asked, “What was gods plan for gay people?? [sic],” Folau responded, “HELL…Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Folau’s comment caused many people on social media to call him intolerant and homophobic. News source RT News also pointed out that this isn’t the first time that Folau has expressed comments along these lines.
Once, Folau posted a tweet, found below, where he stated that he would never support gay marriage.
As such, this is the latest installment in Folau’s open intolerance towards gay people. That said, Rugby Australia’s official policy welcomes gay players and fans.
"Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion.
“There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this."
h/t: RT News