Rugby star Israel Folau is urging people to ‘repent’ after the news of a law that allows parents to make gender optional on their child’s birth certificate.
The Australian rugby union player took to Twitter on Wednesday (April 10) to call out the new law in the Australian state of Tasmania.
He posted a screenshot of a news headline that read: ‘Tasmania becomes first Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates’.
Folau then tweeted: ‘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.’
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
The new Tasmania law has been described as the best gender laws in Australia and the world.
It means parents will now have to request to have their child’s gender included on birth certificates.
Trans advocates said they felt ‘over the moon’ at the historic win.
‘Hell awaits’ gay people
Folau also came under fire for posting on Instagram that same day (10 April), saying ‘hell awaits’ gay people.
He dropped a post that read: ‘Warning. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters.
‘Hell awaits you. Repent! Only Jesus saves.’
As a result of the post, Rugby Australia announced it ‘intends’ to terminate Folau’s contract.
A joint statement from Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and NSW chief executive Andrew Hore said: ‘In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.’
Folau intends to fight the termination of his contract.
Israel Folau’s anti-gay history
Folau is no stranger to homophobia.
At the beginning of April last year, he posted a comment on Instagram saying God’s plan for gay people is: ‘HELL. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.’
Despite facing widespread criticism, he refused to back down, saying he was simply following his sincerely held Christian beliefs. He even went on to compare himself to prophets who had been persecuted in the past for their beliefs.
Then in May, Folau posted an 11-minute video to his Twitter with the following message.
‘With great love, I wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don’t harden your heart.’
The video features a sermon by evangelical preacher David Wilkerson, in which he implores people to ‘Get right with God.’
He says that we are living in a time of ‘sexual perversions beyond description’, against footage of Christian demonstrators being counter-protested at a Pride march.
Against a clip of the White House lit in rainbow colors, Wilkerson says, ‘Now is the time to get right with God because this generation has lost the fear of God. There’s no fear of God left in the land.
The video also slams the idea of ‘tolerance’, as well as same-sex marriage.