Folau, diversity and the almighty dollar

by Daphna Whitmore

A top Australian rugby player looks set to be sacked for quoting the Bible.  Israel Folau has breached Australian Rugby Union (ARU) inclusiveness rules by saying that hell awaits homosexuals. Folau would be within his rights to feel aggrieved as he probably thought he was being inclusive by casting a net that encompassed fornicators, adulterers, liars, drunks, thieves and idolators. Inexplicably the masturbators were omitted. He also left out transgenders which just shows how transphobic he is.

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Folau’s Instagram post that caused a furore

Marama Davidson, the straight MP who has taken up a role as Mum of the Rainbow Children, was one of the first to demand a public flogging. Tweeting “Israel Folau’s bigoted comments about our rainbow whānau and our transgender community are the opposite of peace-building. Rugby Australia c’mon this is hate speech.”

The ARU is taking a firm stance and sticking to principles which means it will do whatever it takes to keep the corporate sponsors, Qantas and Asics, happy. They threatened to walk away in 2018 when Folau had called on homosexuals to repent.

Again Qantas has made their displeasure known: “These comments are really disappointing and clearly don’t reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support,” the airline said.

Qantas are just trying to do diversity but are now being subjected to hate speech by people calling them hypocrites for partnering with Emirates when the Gulf States offer jail time, floggings, beatings, torture, and death for homosexuals, adulterers and fornicators. Qantas has also maintained flights to Brunei where gay citizens and holidaymakers are offered death by stoning for men, and caning or imprisonment for women.

Asics is more your common-garden sweatshop company that has workers crammed into sweltering factories in China and Cambodia turning out sports shoes, and making annual sales of $3.5billion.

It used to be said that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Thankfully we know better now.