Major Rugby Australia sponsor Qantas has issued an official statement expressing disappointment in online comments made by Wallaby fullback Israel Folau who sparked controversy by saying God’s plan for gay people is ‘HELL’.
In an Instagram image post – that still remains on both Folau’s Instagram and Twitter – about ‘God’s Plan’ v’s ‘Your Plan’ for life, with a bible quote from James 1:2-4, Folau praises the verse:
“Consider it all joy when you encounter various kinds because testing of your faith produces endurance… so that you may be lacking in nothing.
When questioned by @mike_sephton “what was gods [sic] plan for gay people??” Folau responded, “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
A spokesperson for Qantas has told foxsports.com.au that “as a sponsor of Rugby Australia, we’re supportive of their approach towards tolerance and inclusion, which aligns with our own. “We’ve made it clear to Rugby Australia that we find the comments very disappointing.”
Rugby Australia responded in a statement that “Folau’s personal beliefs do not reflect the views of Rugby Australia.
“Rugby supports all forms of inclusion, whether its sexuality, race, or gender, which is set out in our Inclusion Policy (2014).”