Sport 'Folau hell comments went too far': referee Nigel Owens

10:57  08 april  2018
10:57  08 april  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

Sports advocacy group slams Folau's 'appalling homophobic comments'

  Sports advocacy group slams Folau's 'appalling homophobic comments' Anti-homophobia advocacy group Pride in Sport has slammed Israel Folau's comments about gay people.Pride in Sport, a joint venture between the Australian Sports Commission and Human Rights Commission to which Rugby Australia, the NRL, AFL, FFA and Cricket Australia are parties, labelled as "appalling" the dual international's post on Instagram that God's plan for gay people was "hell".

Respected international referee Nigel Owens says Israel Folau went too far when he claimed on social media that gay people would be punished in hell for their sins. Owens , who publicly came out as gay in 2007, said Folau 's Instagram comment was "enough to push people over the edge".

Referee Nigel Owens signals during a Test between the Wallabies and England.Source:Getty Images. Owens praised rugby’s sense of community in dealing with such issues but said Folau ’s comments — in which he said gay people would go to hell unless they repent — were a major

Impact: Owens believes Folau's comments can cause harm © Maarten Holl Impact: Owens believes Folau's comments can cause harm Respected international referee Nigel Owens says Israel Folau went too far when he claimed on social media that gay people would be punished in hell for their sins.

Owens, who publicly came out as gay in 2007, said Folau's Instagram comment was "enough to push people over the edge". In a column for news site Wales Online, he urged the dual international to keep such "harmful" opinions to himself.

"In situations like this, people should keep their opinions that can be very harmful to themselves when saying things like that," Owens said.

Former Immigration Minister says Folau should be banned from NZ

  Former Immigration Minister says Folau should be banned from NZ The rugby player said gay people would go to hell. Tuariki Delamere, now a top immigration lawyer, says Folau is a threat to public order and should be denied access to our country."I don't believe he's allowed to stand up and express what I term hate speech against homosexuals," Mr Delaware said.Israel Folau is Australian Rugby's biggest star, a three-time Player of the Year, and is married to netball star Maria Tutaia. He caused controversy when someone asked him what God's plan is for gay people, and he said "Hell unless they repent their sins and turn to god.

Gay Welsh referee Nigel Owens has spoken out about Israel Folau 's comments about gay people. Owens , who publicly came out as gay in 2007, said Folau 's Instagram But there is an obvious problem with the company’s objection to Folau ’s expression of his religious belief on gays going to hell .

' Folau hell comments went too far ': referee Nigel Owens . Why Folau - and his apologists - are wrong. Israel Folau ’s comments , rather than being an expression of free speech, were the words of a tiresome pulpit bully.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion I hear some of you say, but surely some opinions are better kept to oneself, are they not?

"He needs to respect that people are different to him and to his beliefs, and if he disagrees with it, he should let them get on with their own lives.

"It doesn’t hurt me what Folau, or anyone else like him, says.

"I’ve accepted who I am, but it can affect young people going through those difficult times, believe me, as years ago I was one of them."

Contact: Folau will meet with his Rugby Australia and Waratahs bosses on Tuesday. © Dion Georgopoulos Contact: Folau will meet with his Rugby Australia and Waratahs bosses on Tuesday. Folau will meet with his employers Rugby Australia and the Waratahs on Tuesday to discuss his use of social media.

At issue is his Instagram comment of last week when, in response to a question from another user, Folau said God's plan for gay people was "HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God". The comment remains under Folau's post of April 3.

Rugby Australia has not spoken to Folau about homophobic post

  Rugby Australia has not spoken to Folau about homophobic post Rugby Australia have not yet told Israel Folau to take a homophobic comment off Instagram as it emerged the post had not been taken down.Folau sparked controversy earlier this week by replying to a question from an Instagram user about what God’s plan is for gay people.

Rugby referee Nigel Owens has urged Wallabies star Israel Folau to judge him for his character rather than his sexuality. It comes after Folau , 29, wrote on Instagram earlier this month that gay people will go to hell 'unless they repent of their sins and turn to God'.

The rugby world reacted strongly. Current and former team mates defended Folau's right to his opinion but distanced themselves from the sentiment.

Former Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Matt Burke, who called Folau to tell him he had been selected for the World Cup in 2015, labelled the remark "a bit of ignorance".

"I don’t agree with the comment. I don’t believe ignorance is an excuse as well. I’ve got a lot of gay friends who are good people, they’re not going to hell," Burke said.

"He has to cop the repercussions. It was a bit of ignorance more than anything else. I don’t think he knew where it would have gone to and escalated."

Former hooker Brendan Cannon also called the comment "ignorant" and, in a column for a Saturday newspaper, said he believed love did not discriminate on the grounds of sexuality.

Owens, one of international rugby's top referees, has spoken before about his struggle to accept himself. He wrote of it again on Saturday and said he had recently helped a young rugby player deal with the same issues.

Folau tweets Bible verse ahead of meeting

  Folau tweets Bible verse ahead of meeting Israel Folau has tweeted a Bible verse about the righteous being persecuted before his meeting with Rugby Australia about his use of social media.Rugby Australia officials have been careful not to inflame the situation with Wallabies superstar Israel Folau on the eve of a meeting over his use of social media.

"I spent hours and hours with him over many weeks, saying 'listen, rugby will accept you for who you are like it accepted me and [former Wales international] Gareth Thomas'," he wrote.

"I said I can’t tell you if your parents will accept you or your friends, but I can tell you that the huge, huge majority in rugby will and I’m pretty sure that your friends and family, if they are anything like mine, will accept you no matter who you are, like mine did with me.

"This was a couple of months after he attempted to take his own life. It took a few more chats and a few more months before he said he felt better and was now okay with himself and that he was coming around to accepting who he was."

FitzSimmons' stern advice for Folau .
Sports Sunday panellist Peter FitzSimmons has given some stern advice for outspoken Wallabies star Israel Folau regarding his views on homosexuality. Folau has been extremely vocal about his beliefs, stemming originally from a reply to a comment on his personal Instagram page, and FitzSimmons is worried about the impact of Folau’s comments.“Israel, this is not going well for you. Just pull your bloody head in, play football and stop this because it’s hurting people,” he said.“The serious thing is, it is hurting people, particularly gay people and people with gay children, gay friends.

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