Embattled rugby player Israel Folau posted a Bible verse on social media on Sunday suggesting he is being persecuted for saying that “hell” is god’s plan for gay people.
Folau has come under fire for his comments, which have put the future of a major Wallabies sponsorship deal in jeopardy.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,” the verse continues, “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
On Twitter, Folau wrote above the screenshot “#allglorytoGod”.
Folau last week said that gay people would go to hell “unless they repent of their sins and turn to God”.
The footballer is set to meet with Rugby Australia on Tuesday about his social media use following the now-deleted comment and his vocal support of the No campaign during the postal survey last year, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) April 8, 2018
Folau has also now blocked Star Observer on Twitter, despite appearing on our cover in 2014.
In a statement last week, Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle said, “Israel’s comment reflects his personal religious beliefs, however it does not represent the view of Rugby Australia or NSW Rugby.
“We are aligned in our view that rugby is a game for all, regardless of sexuality, race, religion or gender, which is clearly articulated in rugby’s inclusion policy.”
Sydney Convicts president Don Rose last week released a statement slamming Folau for his comments.
“The Sydney Convicts are severely disappointed by the recent comments from Israel Folau and unreservedly condemn his remarks.”
“I am particularly concerned with the impact comments such as these have on young LGBTI players within our sport grappling with their sexuality.
“These young people should feel welcomed and accepted by our game and especially those playing at the elite level.”