Wallabies star Israel Folau has angered bosses at Rugby Australia with new social media posts targeting gay and transgender people.
After causing outrage almost exactly a year ago with his anti-gay social media commentary, Folau was cautioned by bosses about being respectful online.
But the devout Christian posted an image to his 300,000 Instagram followers on Wednesday claiming that “hell awaits” the “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators” who don’t “repent”.
“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,” Folau wrote.
Earlier, Folau declared Tasmania’s historic law change on Wednesday afternoon making gender optional on birth certificates as “evil” and the work of the devil.
“The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways,” he tweeted.
“Turn to Jesus Christ and he will set you free.”
In a statement, Rugby Australia said it is aware of Folau’s social media post and said the content within it is “unacceptable.”
“It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community,” the statement read.
“The Rugby Australia integrity unit has been engaged on the matter tonight.”
Folau’s social media comments last April drew worldwide condemnation, and the 30-year-old was hauled before Rugby Australia bosses.
The footballer escaped sanctions for the posts, with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle saying at the time they had to strike a balance between public outrage and Folau’s religious beliefs.
“In his own words, Israel said that he did not intend to upset people intentionally or bring hurt to the game. We accept Israel’s position,” she said.
“Rugby Australia will use this experience as an opportunity to remind all employees of their obligation to use social media in a respectful way.”
In the aftermath, Folau denied he was homophobic but doubled down on the comments and said he “could never shy away from who I am, or what I believe”.
Folau’s “appalling” comments last year also drew criticism from Sydney Convicts founder and Pride in Sport co-founder Andrew Purchas.
“Such statements work against the significant progress that is being made by codes and organisations both on and off the sporting field,” he said.
“In a country that loves sport, we know that remarks made by sporting figures can impact on our culture, as well as influence young people.
“We are particularly concerned with the effect that these homophobic comments can have on younger sporting fans.”
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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 _______________
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. pic.twitter.com/BWSWTMye98
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) April 10, 2019
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1.3 seems relevant for Israel Folau given his Instagram and Twitter postings today. pic.twitter.com/hHltaFSaFH
— Chris Devine (@chrsdvn) April 10, 2019
Look at the list of offences Israel Folau named that will send you to Hell. He’ll have no one to play Rugby with in heaven.
— Senator Briggs (@Briggs) April 10, 2019
I don’t write this with hate or anger after Israel Folau’s comments.I write with sympathy. To everyone who reads it, don’t be influenced by his words. Be the better person and be YOU. Whoever YOU is..Hell doesn’t await YOU.Happiness awaits YOU.🌈❤️
— Gareth Thomas (@gareththomas14) April 10, 2019
As depressing as the latest homophobic Instagram post by @IzzyFolau (who should be sacked from the Wallabies), I’m taking positivity that the majority of commenters ridicule his bigoted views. I’ve attached a couple of my favourites #israelfolau pic.twitter.com/6x7TKnUlwJ
— Calum Trenaman (@CalTrenaman) April 10, 2019