Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Israel Folau Says Gay People Are Going To Hell -- Again

Israel Folau Says Gay People Are Going To Hell -- Again

But the Wallabies fullback is back in everyone's news feed today for all the wrong reasons following another homophobic post.

But Folau now faces the wrath of RA after issuing a fresh attack on homosexual people among other groups, including "drunks", "liars" and "atheists" in an Instagram post that calls for people to "Repent" as "Only Jesus Saves".

Folau had already tested the patience of RA boss Raelene Castle with a series of homophobic posts a year ago, most notably one that said "God's plan for gay people was "hell"".

Folau, who plays for the Wallabies and the New South Wales Waratahs, faced criticism for similar comments he made past year.

"It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to member of the rugby community", the statement read.

"The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit has been engaged on the matter".

"Rugby Australia's got a policy and position of inclusion and using social media with respect", Castle said last April.

After the announcement, the Wallabies star took to Twitter to tell people to "turn away" from their evil ways after the announcement.

Brilliant from the Harlequins front-row.

Folau said on Instagram: "Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent". He also appeared to criticism legislation in Tasmania that is making gender an optional section on birth certificates.

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Christchurch Heroes Sports Trust is an all-inclusive LGBTI+ rugby team, with their co-chair Rāwā Karetai slamming Folau for his insensitive remarks.

Rugby Australia weren't the only ones to respond to the posts.

'Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him, ' Folau posted alongside two bible verses. "The more players, fans, clubs and organisations that stand up for equality, the sooner we kick discrimination out and make sport everyone's game".

"Israel Folau has to go, and will go", the former Australian test player wrote.

"To everyone who reads it, don't be influenced by his words". Be the better person and be YOU.

In the wake of last year's scandal, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika refused to criticise Folau and said youngsters should find another idol if they don't agree with their sporting heroes. "Whoever YOU is.Hell doesn't await YOU.Happiness awaits YOU".

"The effects these hateful comments will have on LGBT people are enormously harmful", the organisation said in a statement.

It attracted 1300 comments, a lot of them outraged at his stance.

Despite sponsors reportedly threatening to walk away from Rugby Australia, Folau wasn't sanctioned at that time and even signed a new contract with the organisation in February.

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