Two weeks ago, Fulcrum7 reported that Australian Rugby Star Israel Folau was sidelined on May 8 because of a post he made to his Instagram account. The post read as follows,
“Warning. Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, fornicators, thieves, Atheists, idolaters, Hell Awaits You, Repent! Only Jesus Saves”.
As a result of this post, particularly the part about homosexuals, Folau was sidelined from his team and his 4 million dollar contract. For nearly five days he awaited a decision from Rugby Australia about his future career in the game. That decision was reached on Friday. He is now fired from his job.
Israel Folau’s rugby career appears over after an independent panel backed Rugby Australia’s intention to rip up his four-year, $4m contract following the player’s controversial social media posts which said hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.
The three-member panel, comprising John West QC, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee AM, announced on Friday that it had decided to terminate the Wallabies star’s employment for what had been determined a high-level breach of RA’s code of conduct.
The full-back, who had 72 hours to appeal, later issued a statement in which he said he was “saddened” by the decision but that he was “considering his options”. Folau decided not to appeal Rugby Australia's decision to tear up his four-year, $4m contract.
Announcing the decision on Friday afternoon, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said it was a sad day for Australian rugby but that Folau had left the governing body with no alternative than to seek termination of his contract.
“We want to stress that this outcome is a painful situation for the game,” Castle said on Friday.
“Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action.”
No, they had a choice, and they chose Sodom. They chose the world over the Word.
Moral of the story? Don’t quote the Bible if it says anything against the sacred cow of pagan western culture. Homosexuality may not be criticized, no, not even by the Bible.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).