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Offline Nadir

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Support Football hero on homosexuality
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:13:52 AM »
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  • https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/athlete-could-lose-4-million-contract-for-quoting-the-bible-on-sinfulness-of-homosexuality?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=e0566f1be9-ProLife_5_9_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-e0566f1be9-404202825

    Rugby player Israel Folau              Twitter.com/IzzyFolau

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    Athlete could lose $4 million contract for quoting the Bible on sinfulness of homosexuality
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    SYDNEY, Australia (LifeSiteNews) — Israel Folau, an evangelical Christian and rugby football star, was found guilty of breaching the Rugby Australia code of conduct for quoting St. Paul’s biblical teachings against fornication and homosexuality.[/font][/size]

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    A three-person independent tribunal wrapped up on Tuesday three days of deliberations and found Folau guilty of a high-level breach of the code of conduct enforced by the governing body of Australian rugby teams. So far, no sanction has been announced against Folau. However, he may face cancellation of his $4 million contract and forgo a chance to appear in the forthcoming rugby world championship.

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    [size={defaultattr}]“The panel has today provided a judgment that Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct with his social media posts on April 10, 2019,” read a statement from the panel that decided his case. “The panel will now take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction. A further update with be provided after the panel delivers its decision on sanction.”[/size]

    Once a decision has been made on a sanction, both Folau and Rugby Australia will have 72 hours to offer an appeal. While Folau may face a fine and suspension instead of a contract termination, he will never play again for the Wallabies team.
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    Any infraction deemed less than “high level” would not have allowed Rugby Australia to terminate Folau’s contract with the Wallabies team legally, forcing the governing body to offer an expensive monetary settlement to him.
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    [size={defaultattr}][font={defaultattr}]A sanction is expected within several days, even while Rugby Australia has not yet set a timeline for a decision. Folau has already rejected a $1 million settlement, and will not receive any payout now because of the finding of guilt on his part.
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    [size={defaultattr}][font={defaultattr}]Folau fell afoul of Rugby Australia after he published several controversial social media posts in which he expressed his religious beliefs concerning immorality, quoting the Bible. Raelene Castle, who heads Rugby Australia, issued Folau a notice that he had committed a high-level breach of the body’s code of conduct.
    The decision in Folau’s case was met with support from some members of the media and sports. For example, media celebrity Ed Kavalee said on Fox Sports’ The Back Page, “This is the most expensive social media post of all time.” He added, “It’s cost Israel $4 million.”
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    [size={defaultattr}][font={defaultattr}]Journalist Robert Craddock of the Courier-Mail said on The Back Page, “We’ve seen one of the most significant moments of the sporting century in Australia, in that a powerhouse rugby union player who is Australia’s best player heading into a World Cup, will be banished from the game, probably for good.” Craddock predicted further controversy.
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    [size={defaultattr}][font={defaultattr}]Cory Bernardi, who leads Australian conservatives, expressed astonishment over Folau’s verdict. He told Sky News in a reference to Folau’s quoting of the Bible, “I find it extraordinary that quoting from the bestselling book in the history of the world is a breach of contract.” He added, “There was no hate in that at all. He’s just upset a bloke who runs an airline like a kingdom.”
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    [size={defaultattr}][font={defaultattr}]Bernardi was apparently referring to Alan Joyce, the openly homosexual CEO of Qantas airlines and chief sponsor of the Wallabies. Joyce told a newspaper in the run-up to the 2017 same-sex marriage campaign, “We have 580 companies involved ... If you’re unhappy with a company that’s involved with the campaign, you won’t be able to bank and you won’t be able to fly anywhere.”
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    [font={defaultattr}]Because free speech is guaranteed in Australia, Folau’s case may go to Australia’s High Court for consideration. After Rugby Australia’s initial announcement that it would cancel Folau’s contract, LifeSiteNews issued a petition asking for his reinstatement.
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    [size={defaultattr}][font={defaultattr}]While Folau may never be able to play professional rugby in Australia again, a career in Europe is also in question. The president of the Toulon rugby club, Mourad Boudjellal, told French sports journal L’Equipe: “This guy’s a moron; he ought to clear out. Or he needs to buy himself a brain. He still has the Ku Klux Klan; then he’ll see what it’s like on the other side.” Also, sports shoe manufacturer Asics has announced that it is cancelling a lucrative contract with Folau.[/font][/size]
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    An evangelical Christian, Folau has run afoul of gay rights campaigners in the past because of his support for traditional marriage. Asked by the Sydney Morning Herald whether he will leave professional rugby instead of apologizing for his beliefs as required by Australia Rugby, Folau said, "Whatever His will is, whether that's to continue playing or not, I'm more than happy to do what He wants me to do." Folau said rugby is important to him, “but my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first."[/size]

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    Re: Support Football hero on homosexuality
    « Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 05:26:05 AM »
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  • Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.


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    Re: Support Football hero on homosexuality
    « Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 03:29:46 PM »
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  • Thank you Kath. I had a chance to read what he said, but not to watch the video. I am impressed with Gaynor.

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    Re: Support Football hero on homosexuality
    « Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 10:49:04 PM »
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  • https://lifepetitions.com/petition/reinstate-israel-folau-superstar-christian-athlete-sacked-over-accusations-of-homophobia-because-of-quoting-from-st-paul


    PETITION: Reinstate superstar Christian athlete sacked over accusations of 'homophobia' for quoting Bible

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    If you are not familiar with Israel Folau, you may not follow world rugby.
    Folau is a superstar rugby player, who has played on Australia's national team for 73 test matches - and, is also a massive rugby star on the Australian rugby club scene, as well as the world over.
    Folau is, moreover, a faithful Christian who has a massive following of over 300,000 on his Instagram account.
    This staunchly Christian athlete has just been sacked by Rugby Australia over accusations of 'homophobia' for quoting St. Paul in the Bible on homosexuality.
    This petition stands with Folau, demanding that Rugby Australia respect his freedom of speech and religion, and his right to speak about Christianity's admonition against homosexual practice on his personal account.
    Folau regularly posts memes on his account which either give credit to God for success, or call on people to believe in Jesus and repent of their sins.
    On April 10, Folau posted a meme which paraphrases St Paul's admonition to certain sinners to repent of their sins, or face eternal damnation. These sinners include: Drunks; Homosexuals; Adulterers; Liars; Fornicators; Thieves; Atheist; and, Idolaters.
    Some media outlets have characterized Folau's post as "homophobic" or as an "attack against gays", but it is actually neither.
    In addition to the meme paraphrasing St. Paul, Folau also posted an accompanying commentary in which he states: "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."
    Here, it is clear that Folau is not judging people, but calling them to repentance.
    And, it is worth repeating that Folau posted this meme and commentary on his private instagram account, not on a team account.
    Since this controversy erupted, Folau has stood firm on his principles, saying in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday: "First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that's not to continue on playing, so be it...my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first."
    But, we believe that it is unjust, in the extreme, for Rugby Australia to sack Folau over speaking his mind on sin and the need for repentance.
    Therefore, this petition calls on Rugby Australia to reinstate Israel Folau and respect his freedom of speech and religion.
    Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition which stands with Israel Folau.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    https://twitter.com/IzzyFolau?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
    https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/wallabies/rugby-australia-issues-wallabies-star-israel-folau-with-termination-notice/news-story/51e4d8ff4b10bb691a9a4385ea53fbe3
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/rugby/israel-folau-stands-social-media-attack-homosexuals-prepared-walk-away-rugby-faith
    https://www.3aw.com.au/neil-mitchell-lashes-qantas-over-its-selective-outrage-with-israel-folau/
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    Re: Support Football hero on homosexuality
    « Reply #4 on: May 11, 2019, 03:27:19 AM »
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  • We should all be like Israel Folau.  
    To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)


     

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