By: Akos Balogh
Australian Rugby star Israel Folau has found himself in hot water. As an outspoken Christian, he put up a post on Instagram showing us how God’s plan for our lives is often different to our plans. Someone then posted a comment, asking the question: ‘What was God’s plan for gay people?’. To which Folau replied: ‘HELL…unless they repent and turn to God’.
Unsurprisingly, his comments ignited fury across social and mainstream media. Qantas has made an official complaint to Rugby Australia, and said it would pull it’s sponsorship of the Australian Rugby side if further ‘homophobic’ statements are made by Folau or other players.
Rugby Australia also distanced itself from Folau’s views, stating:
Israel’s comment reflects his personal religious beliefs, however it does not represent the view of Rugby Australia…we are aligned in our view that rugby is a game for all, regardless of sexuality, race, religion or gender, which is clearly articulated in rugby’s inclusion policy.’