Israel Folau Says He "Would Absolutely" Post That Controversial IG Picture Again
Lesson (not) learnt.
Israel Folau landed himself in hot water earlier this year for a controversial Instagram post. And he stands by his decision to share the picture.
The former rugby player attended a conference for the Australian Christian Lobby in Sydney on Saturday where he delivered a speech in front of approximately 1000 people, news.com.au reports.
At the event, Israel said that he knew his post would be “offensive”.
“I felt really content in my work, with God and how everything was going,” Folau said. “All of a sudden I wanted to pray a crazy prayer and ask the Lord: ‘Lord, you know I’m feeling really comfortable at the moment, it’s going to test my faith and it’s going to test my trust. Am I going to continue to serve you faithfully?’”
“And God prepared this (his current legal situation) for me. So, be careful what you wish for. God can give it to you.”
Despite the repercussions of his actions - his comments cost him a high-paying position as a professional Rugby Union player and, potentially, his future playing professionally in the league - Israel said he "would absolutely" do it again. He also advised the audience to be prepared for the backlash they will receive if they too choose to share their homophobic views online.
“It’s very important that you’re ready because I can guarantee you that it’s happened to me now, but it’s certainly going to happen to many other people sitting in this room now,” he said.
Israel elaborated on this, telling the audience not to “compromise and conform to the way that society and culture is."
Folau’s rugby contract was terminated after he was found to have violated the professional players code of conduct. However, Israel has challenged this on the grounds of religious freedom of speech.
Israel Folau’s unfair dismissal lawsuit will resume in court for mediation in December.
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