Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wounding Words

Apologies for three posts in one day. This one seemed a little urgent as a decision is imminent.

I am old enough and ugly enough not to be too fazed about the Twitter utterances of a religious crank, Sydney rugby player Israel Folau. Those missionaries sure got into those Islanders in a big way, and the repercussions are felt to this day.

Folau is free to believe what he wants, free to say what he wants to friends and family. But he is, or was, a respected public sports person.


Now if I name my work place in my blog, anything I write here will be deemed to reflect on my employer via its social media policy. I expect this post would get me into trouble.

Why not Folau? He is a very highly paid sportsperson. He has been warned previously about such matters. He is unrepentant, refuses to delete the Tweet and accuses anyone who has concerns that they are trying to stop him following his faith. Of course all the religious nutters have gotten on board and agreeing with him that he should be allowed to practice his faith. Total red herring. No one is saying he can't practice his faith.

It is about him bringing his employer into disrepute by offensive tweets. As I said, I personally am not so troubled by them. I've heard and read such utterances and worse all of my life. But the young me certainly was troubled by them. Why in this day and age is someone allowed to get away with saying such hurtful things? You may well see confident young gay men out and about but not all are, in fact I suggest most are not confident and this kind of thing does their heads no good at all.

Fuck off Folau. Rugby Australia should terminate your contract and not pay you out.

PS. I don't know what idolaters is or are. I am probably guilty of that too.

28 comments:

  1. The sports world seems very slow to punish their highly paid, highly prized athletes. I would have been sacked on the spot for saying something like that and quite rightly too. Punish them where it hurts. Take their status away.

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    1. Marie, certainly generally and in his case, they get a lot of leeway. He has gone too far this time. Vaguely knowing your workplace, you would have been sacked and rightly so. If he is sacked, he will probably go on to some other football team or code, and continue his hate speech from his ever so righteous pulpit.

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  2. Here it is our Hollywood types, they seem to believe that what they think, feel, believe should be exclaimed to all, and if we do not think the same way they do, then we are deemed racist, and a slew of other names, such as, "Basket full of Deplorables".
    I do not want anyone telling me how I should think or be.
    I live my life with love and I do not judge groups of people. I take one person as I find them.

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  3. That is sickening! I do not follow that sport but I agree that he should be let go! What a horrible thing to be posting!! WOW! God knows - I am HALF that list..HA!

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    1. Annster, you don't have say which half of the list you are. 😉

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  4. I cannot believe he hasn't been given the chop over this Andrew, absolutely disgraceful! He is a fanatic and that's never a good thing. Hateful person!

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    1. Grace, don't fanatics really spoil things for everyone.

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  5. Oh really, how dare he. He must be an idiot!
    Saw a sign on the way to the Airport yesterday that read...Israel is coming...husband told me who he was, never heard of him before that.
    Didn’t he have to sign a document that said he wasn’t to talk about his religion or anything related to his religion in the club, or something like that.
    He is not setting a good example outside the club that’s for sure.

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    1. Margaret, yes he would have signed a contract that included not saying such hateful speech. I'd never heard of him either, and perhaps we won't again soon.

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  6. He changed his mind about ignoring Rugby officials until they threatened to cut the contract money.

    Looks like I'll be in good company when I shuffle off, I idolize champagne and chocolates...and R.

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    1. Jah Teh, aside from the liars and thieves, the rest sound like rather fun people to be around.

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  7. Hell? This Folau guy is creating Hell on earth with his garbage.

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    1. Kirk, and we hope he gets the shove for it.

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  8. The irony is that some football players think they are idolized by their fans so can say whatever they want. Isn't that idolatry as well as a breach of his work contract. He needs to remember if he can't speak nicely he shouldn't speak.

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    1. Nice work Cheryl. You are correct. Can't say something nice, keep you mouth shut.

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  9. We have always had a separation of church and state in this nation meaning that any person with secular authority cannot be guided in his publications and decisions by his personal, religious beliefs. Secondly hate literature causes damage to the target of the writer and needs to be banned.

    Folau was vicious, but the radio and newspaper commentators who supported Folau were even more influential and vicious.

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    1. Hels, I haven't heard the commentators, but I can imagine what the Sydney radio Shock Jocks were like.

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  10. I find it unbelievable that there are still people around who believe (or say they believe) all this TRIPE. This Folau person must consider himself perfect; which is almost as bad!

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    1. Cro, his type are so often hypocritical.

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  11. An Idolater is one who worships idols or false idols such as money and fame, or pagan idols rather than worshipping god.
    This fellow's ego must be enormous.

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    1. Thanks River. I think Folau is idolater then. He worships money and is very well paid. As I found in life so many times, those who protest the loudest are the most doubtful about their own sexuality. Proper straight men don't feel any threat from gay men, even they don't understand their desires.

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  12. What a hateful person. Guess he'll be crawling around in hell too. With me the atheist. I'll give him a little kick in the balls when I run into him down there. Oops, I don't believe in hell. Well maybe I'll get to meet the ass in real life.

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    1. Stayer, he is a footballer. He is used to a kick in the balls. Pity it was not done harder and stopped him breeding. Let me guess. His kids are going to grow up screwed in the head by their father's literal and passionate adherence to the bible.

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  13. His religion didn't do much for his ability to be a good and kind person. Or a thinking person :)

    And you're right - in so many jobs he'd have lost his by now.

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    1. Jenny, if there was a Christ and he was around now, I am sure he would be all embracing and be rather unhappy at such 'preachers'.

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  14. I agree, Andrew, with your words.

    Folau has the right to free speech, of course...but religious nutters of all religions should just shut up! Perhaps rather than spew their words they should take a good look in the mirror and see the hypocrites they are!

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