Israel Folau, an Australian rugby player who’s known for his outspokenness, has joined a new team but is forbidden from talking about his Christian faith.
Folau, who was ousted from his contract with Rugby Australia last year over comments he made about homosexuality and God’s wrath, will now represent the Catalan Dragons, which plays in England but is based in France.
He was fired last May after he posted on his Instagram account that Hell awaits those who practice adultery and homosexuality.
The controversy over Folau’s faith erupted on April 10, 2019, after he shared a scriptural message that Hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, [and] idolaters” who do not 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 shared on Instagram, along with a series of Bible verses on sin and repentance.
The rugby player filed a lawsuit against the sporting organization, arguing he had been wrongfully terminated. He was rewarded an undisclosed sum but was not allowed to return to the Australian league.
His contract with the Catalan Dragons stipulates that he will be terminated if he makes similar comments to those that led to him being fired from Rugby Australia, which some have described as “homophobic.”
Commenting on Folau’s new gig, England’s Super League Executive Chairman Robert Elstone said the sporting organization “deplores the homophobic comments Israel Folau has made in the past, which squarely contradict our sport’s core values.”
“I have sought the opinion of informed voices connected to our game, and the majority share my disappointment that one of our clubs has chosen to sign him,” he said, according to The Sunday Times.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter