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Rugby Player With History Of Homophobic Comments Is Back At It With More Hateful Social Media Posts

Israel Folau
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Rugby star Israel Folau, who plays for the Wallabies and the New South Wales Waratahs, is at it again with another social media post bashing the LGBTQ community.

Folau posted a graphic to his personal Instagram account claiming “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, [and] idolaters” are going to hell.

“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,” he wrote, a remark he followed up with several Bible verses.

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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 _______________

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Rugby Australia condemned Folau’s comments in an official statement:

“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.”

But Folau didn’t stop there. He also took to his Twitter account to decry a Tasmanian law to make gender optional on birth certificates.

Folau was speedily put through the social media wringer. (Many pointed out that the Bible condemns tattoos, of which Folau has plenty.)

In April 2018, Folau faced similar criticisms after he claimed that gays will go to hell “Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God” in a response to another user on Instagram.

In response, many rugby fans called for the termination of Folau’s contract for violating league inclusion policy. He escaped punishment and told critics that he would rather walk away from the game than stop proselytizing. He also denies that he is bigoted or homophobic.