Israel Folau, a rugby player for Australia’s international rugby union team, is the latest to reveal the extent of his bigotry in online comments he made publicly but—I guess—assumed no one would see?
He already publicly disavowed his rugby organization’s support of same-sex marriage and the recent Australian gay marriage win.
“[W]hat was god[‘s] plan for gay people??” asks mike_sephton on Instagram. Folau responds, “HELL… Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
If you grew up around religious people, you’ve probably heard it all before. “Love the sinner, hate the sin” and all that. It’s the difference between tolerance and acceptance. It’s even more so the difference between acceptance and celebration.
“Since my social media posts were publicised, it has been suggested that I am homophobic and bigoted and that I have a problem with gay people. This could not be further from the truth.” — Israel Folau
To be clear, he has not apologized in the least. Not even an “I’m sorry if you were offended” non-apology.
Sports. Go sports.
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