Israel Folau is back with more homophobic posts

George FM Breakfast 11/04/2019

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Controversial Wallabies star Israel Folau has hit headlines once again after reaffirming his belief that homosexuals are destined for hell.

After Tasmania became the first Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates, Folau decided to weigh in and tell people on Twitter to "turn away" from their evil ways.

"The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free," wrote Folau.

He also stated his case on Instagram, posting an image that states hell awaits 'Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters'.

Rugby Australia have since released a statement deeming the post 'unacceptable'.

"Rugby Australia is aware of a post made by Israel Folau on his Instagram account this afternoon," the statement reads.

"The content within the post is unacceptable. It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community.

"The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit has been engaged on the matter tonight."

Folau's latest post comes almost one year after he said in an Instagram comment that gay people are going to hell unless they repent of their sins. That remark caused widespread outrage among fans and media in both Australia and New Zealand.

Months before, he revealed he would vote against marriage equality in Australia's postal vote.

Folau has never been shy about using his large online fanbase - he has 313,000 followers on Instagram - to communicate his faith.

The athlete's Instagram bio confirms that he is "living for Jesus Christ" and is a member of #Team Jesus.