Christian zealot Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia

Christian zealot Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia December 4, 2019

AFTER blaming bushfires on abortion and gay marriage last month, former Wallaby Israel Folau, 30, now wants ‘all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality.’

Well, isn’t that nice.

Those words came in a statement today from Rugby Australia after it reached a settlement with Folau, who was demanding $A14-million in compensation for wrongful termination. Folau was sacked  after he said on Instagram earlier this year “hell awaits” gay people.

Folau and RA released a joint statement saying they had reached an agreement, settling for a confidential amount.

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Folau later released a video on his website thanking his supporters. Standing alongside his wife Maria, he said:

We are extremely pleased with the settlement reached today. With today’s acknowledgment and apology by Rugby Australia, we have been vindicated and can now move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family. Maria and I would like to thank God for his guidance and strength.

We started this journey on behalf of all people of faith, to protect their rights of freedom of speech and religion.

We now look forward to the Federal Government enacting the legislation necessary to further protect and strengthen these rights for all Australians.

RA said:

Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.

Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby do not in any way agree with the content of the social media post. Inclusiveness is one of rugby’s core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community.

While it was not Rugby Australia’s intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus. Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused

In line with utterances repeatedly made by Christian bigots whenever they find themselves neck-deep in shit, Folau said his views come from “a place of love.”

Sharing the word of God is so important to me because it’s the great commission, it’s what God has called each Christian to do. It would be unloving for me just to keep it to myself and keep it within the four walls of my church and within my family.

Because God wants the Gospel out there and wants people to hopefully come to the knowledge of the truth and have the peace and love that comes from him, it’s our duty as a Christian to be able to go out there and share that.

So that’s why I’m so vocal about it at church, in the general public and on social media ­because I care about the state of people’s souls, and the love that I have for mankind is what is driving me. ran a poll back in June on Folau’s fight against his rugby bosses. Fifty-three percent of more than 150,000 polled said it was right for RA to sack him.

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  • Jim Jones

    Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia for a confidential amount.

    I’m hoping “a confidential amount” is a meat pie and he’ll learn to play golf instead.

  • Michael Neville

    Funny how evangelicals’ “love” looks remarkably like hate to everyone else.

  • ianeymeaney

    What’s the over/under as to how long it’ll be before he gets found in his car getting a blowie from a male prostitute?

  • kaydenpat

    Can he not understand why so many people find his views to be toxic? It’s not coming from a place of love.

  • Jenn H

    I’m sure the bushfire comments also came from a “place of love”.

    Izzy might just be a stupid angry a-hole, but it is also possible he is a stupid angry a-hole with the first signs of CTE. Rugby Australia probably wants him to go away and be quiet either way, and hoped paying him off might work.

  • barriejohn

    A disgraceful decision that endorses hatred, bigotry and discrimination, and the man’s a f…ing lying b…ard. Anyone who thinks that LGBT+ people can relax, anywhere in the world, needs a reality check!

  • Brian Shanahan

    Nah, Folau was always that way. RA knew for years but swept the problems under the rug.

  • Raging Bee

    …or giving one to same?

  • Raging Bee

    So…RA blatantly caved to this mor@n, and still don’t have the guts to admit how badly they caved?

  • Steven Watson

    This was cutting ones nose off to spite ones face. The sacking of Israel Follau was in large part responsible for Labor losing an election that, before it and their lunatic manifesto, they had been almost certain to win at a stroll. The Polynesian settler vote largely follows Follau’s kind of Christianity. The Polynesian settler vote overwhelmingly votes Labor. This time it either stayed home or registered a protest vote for the incumbent government. The wider population is also very keen on Rugger down-under. It isn’t real life; it is more important than that. Lose a Test series due to virtue signaling? Fuck that.

    This is no different than being sacked or penalised for taking the knee; except of course Israel didn’t do it on the ruddy football field, his place of work.

    A person’s religious beliefs or lack of such should have no part in whether or not they are employed. They certainly do not have any bearing on ones ability to play Rugby. You can believe what the hell you like but if it is silliness unsupported by evidence it just makes you daft. So what if Mr Follau thinks you won’t get to heaven even in a little row-boat? There is no heaven; there is no hell: when you are dead, you are dead. If you pay attention to the opinions of daft people, on subjects of fantasy that they have no particular competence to talk about (The experts have no real idea what arsenokoitai means, it might even be a word Paul coined himself), you only make yourselves look daft if you act on them as if they have any real world physical consequences.

    Except here there were real world consequences; consequences only damaging to Australian Rugby League Football; the Labor Party; and, if you are of that political bent, Australia itself unfortunately. Did it damage Mr Folau? Not that I can see. The damage was all blowback; the cure worse than the disease.

  • Robert McLean

    Jesus besotted Ball kicker wanted $14,000,000! Rumours yesterday said he got $8 Million, reports this morning say it’s at best Three Million pacific pesos. Proof again that preying simply fails, every time.