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Sacked rugby star Israel Folau’s dad told him to keep homophobic posts

Sacked rugby star Israel Folau’s dad told him to keep homophobic posts

Israel Folau on the rugby pitch pointing up to the sky and looking up

The dad of a rugby player fired for homophobic social media posts told him not to delete them. Even though it might save his career.

Rugby authorities terminated the multi-million dollar contract of Australian player, Israel Folau, last month. He had taken to social media to warn ‘hell awaited’ homosexuals unless they repented for their sins. He also criticized new state laws in Tasmania which removed gender from birth certificates.

Folau, 30, had already received warnings from Rugby Australia and Rugby New South Wales in 2018 over homophobic posts.

What his dad said

Sensing his career might be in danger, Folau almost deleted the most recent controversial posts until he spoke to his father.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Folau called his dad, Eni Folau. Eni, a Christian pastor told his son to keep the social media posts.

Eni warned Folau, ‘you’ll go to hell, son’ if he took the posts down.

‘Had he taken that step, and shown contrition, Folau would have been impossible to sack,’ the Telegraph reported.

‘Eni told his son that if he pulled down that post, Folau would be disowning the words of the Lord, a sacrilege that would send him to hell.’

Two words that changed everything

The report suggested if Folau had quoted the Bible rather than post a meme, it would’ve been a lot harder to fire him.

His original post on Instagram read: ‘WARNING Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters HELL AWAITS YOU Repent! Only Jesus Saves’.

That referred to the Corinthians 6: 9-10 section of the Bible. That section reads: ‘Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God’.

‘Everyone has missed the key here, have a look at the post, it says “Warning” and “Hell”, but the Bible verse does not mention either word,’ a source told The Daily Telegraph.

‘Izzy was getting told he’d go to hell if he took down the post, but if he had removed that image and re-posted word for word what the verse says, they couldn’t have sacked him.’

Folau plans to appeal his contract termination.