Israel Folau Says Gay People Are Going To Hell -- Again
Israel Folau is testing the patience of Rugby Australia again with new social media posts that insult a range of people.
Warned but not sanctioned by RA boss Raelene Castle last year following a series of provocative posts, most notably one that said "God's plan for gay people was "HELL", Folau threatened to walk away from the game if his strong Christian beliefs were compromised.
But the three-time John Eales Medallist -- who only last Saturday became Super Rugby's all-time leading try scorer -- had since been largely quiet on social media.
Folau posted a meme that read: "WARNING Drunks Homosexuals Adulterers Liars Fornicators Thieves Athiests Idolaters, HELL AWAITS YOU. REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES before adding a bible verse from Galatians.
He went on to personally add: "Those who 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 also took to Twitter to push another issue.
The superstar fullback posted a screenshot a story headlined "Tasmania becomes first Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates" with the comment: 'The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free."
It is barely two months ago that Folau signed a new contract extension to remain with the NSW Waratahs until the end of 2022.
It is not known if the deal with the Waratahs and Rugby Australia, which promotes inclusion, has a clause restricting Folau from making provocative social media posts.
Either way, the latest episode in the saga is the last thing Wallabies coach Michael Cheika needs from his premier back in a World Cup year.
Rugby Australia said in a statement late Wednesday night that Folau's comments are "unacceptable" and "do not represent the values of the sport", as well as being "disrespectful to members of the Rugby community".
The Rugby Australia integrity unit has been engaged on the matter "tonight".