Should Israel Folau Be Sacked?

Wallabies star player Israel Folau has been nationally criticised for making homophobic comments on his Instagram page. This has divided public opinion with some saying that he should be fired from Rugby Australia, stating that it is against the sport’s inclusion policy. However others argue that this is simply his freedom of speech. LiveTriber’s, do you think he should be sacked? Do you believe this is freedom of speech? Would it make a difference if he was not nationally known? Comment your thoughts below.

Posted by on 15 May 2018

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    People should realise that he is under the delusion of religious sickness and therefore his comments are neither valid or relevant. The simple manifestation of a diseased mind. I pity him.

    Posted by BADWOLF on 23 May 2018

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    This shouldn’t be tolerated on or off the field ! Sack him now - being a celebrity sportsman does not make you untouchable

    Posted by Nicole on 21 May 2018

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    give him a break. he is the product of his generation

    Posted by Giesela on 19 May 2018

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    Israel Folau should not be sacked. He has rights just like the gay people do, and we hear plenty of them speaking out. I really admire Israel for having the guts to speak out for what he believes in. Well done to him!

    Posted by Dee on 18 May 2018

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    He should lose his job for allowing his religion to interfere with his employment! Really over the alphabet people wanting everyone to except their behavior in such a public way. It seems if you don't agree you become some sort of criminal, having said that assault is assault and that should be the issue, not somebody doesn't like me and they hurt my feelings. Defining assault with different reasoning makes all these issues complicated and excuses for law to not enforce the law moralistically, ie the royal commission into child abuse and the need for the dvo's to protect families, both real assaults!

    Posted by Scott on 18 May 2018

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    He's not a homophobic. He is just stating his opinion. We are all entitled to an opinion and should not be forced to be silent. There is absolutely no reason to sack him.

    Posted by wilma on 18 May 2018

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    So if you don't like somebody's opinion, he is to be sacked? Those that want to sack him are fascists.

    Posted by Max on 18 May 2018

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    I don’t think that he should be sacked. Everyone has the right and believe as his religion/other believe has clearly stated that and you can’t change what written. Only people change

    Posted by Sudirman on 18 May 2018

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    No way. He is strictly adhering to the teachings of his Christian Church. It would be better if his opinions were toned down, or kept to himself, as they are offensive to others.....but he is entitled to hold those opinions.

    Posted by Aurora on 18 May 2018

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    Definitely NOT. He is entitled to his view.

    Posted by John on 18 May 2018

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    Issy is as free as any other citizen to be free with his speech. He is a great footballer and does not deserve to be sacked for making a comment regarding a subject in which he believes. I totally agree with his opinion and our government has been far too soft and frightened of losing seats by allowing these weird poofters to have their opinions legalised. Maybe they are the ones who should be sacked !!!! Not allowed to vote again or even transported to the Antarctic for life

    Posted by MARTY on 18 May 2018

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    I do not necessarily agree with his comment but too many people want to exploit it and blow it up bigger than it is. It is after all only an opinion and his belief.Get off his back

    Posted by Malcolm on 18 May 2018

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    No way. Typical of the minority ruling the majority

    Posted by Guzzle on 17 May 2018

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    It is a mistake he made & should not be sacked so many people have done much worse & been able to keep their jobs forgive & forget

    Posted by Julie on 17 May 2018

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    NO he has a right to express his opinion and is a great footie player. If we take out people who believe the whole country goes to hell in a handbasket.

    Posted by Sunshine45 on 17 May 2018

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    He has rights to be a believer as does all I am with him on his belief and support him. Why is he being singled out. Many have expressed a belief on the Muslim faith and are supported Australia was founded on Christian values and it worked WHY is Israel Folau being persecuted ? Come on.....

    Posted by Strappa on 17 May 2018

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    Of course not, he is as entitled to an opinion as anyone else who has an opposing opinion.

    Posted by malleefly on 17 May 2018

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    Of course he should not be sacked. We should be all able to freely give our opinion on any issue.

    Posted by koala on 17 May 2018

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    No, he is entitled to say what he believes

    Posted by Kezzamo on 17 May 2018

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    I think that he is also entitled to have an opinion

    Posted by mooo on 17 May 2018

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    No he should not,it’s a free country and he is on,y voicing his beliefs . He standing up to what he believes is right . Good on him .

    Posted by dadh01 on 17 May 2018

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    Sadly we are being ruled by the 5 percenters. Only 5% of our country are gay yet we are in the wrong if we speak out against it. The left winged in our society are destroying our country. Where is our Freedom of Speech.

    Posted by Shottibar on 17 May 2018

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    Yes you represent an entire brand, you can’t go against “company policy”

    Posted by Christine on 17 May 2018

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    Yes. Or just shut up and kick the ball.

    Posted by Slab on 17 May 2018

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    Of course not. We are becoming a totalitarian state if only certain prescribed viewpoints are allowed.

    Posted by Phillip on 17 May 2018

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    No it's his oplnion

    Posted by Warwick on 17 May 2018

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    Eye C

    He should Definitely not be sacked! He answered a question & someone took offence, What is the world coming to? The person or persons who are complaining have a right to say what they think so why can't he? They have labelled him not the other way around, since when are we not allowed to have an opinion? Why does everyone think we have to be like sheep & follow the crowd? If he was not in the public eye nothing would have been said, it seems to be a very one sided world if only some people are allowed a voice!

    Posted by Eye C on 17 May 2018

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    No. He is entitled to his opinion

    Posted by TUBZY on 17 May 2018

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    MRS. Chooka

    No. He is entitled to his opinion

    Posted by MRS. Chooka on 17 May 2018

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    no,if he wants to believe that there are fairys flying around in the clouds,who judge us ,let him think that.

    Posted by SILAR4123 on 17 May 2018

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    No, we are a democratic country and he is entitled to his faith and the stand his faith has on this issue. He made his statement that his opinion was that of his faith. Even though I disagree with him and his Faith's view on this topic, He and his church have their right to their opinion.

    Posted by Peter on 17 May 2018

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    No, unless he says something that causes harm to others he is entitled to his opinion, and if he does cause harm to others they have redress through the legal system. We live in a free country that values free speech.

    Posted by Windog on 17 May 2018

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    NO, he is entitled to his opinion. Agree with Fred17

    Posted by Alan on 17 May 2018

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    Sacked --- No. An opinion --- Yes. But be careful what you say, people and papers are vicious.

    Posted by graykath on 17 May 2018

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    No. The upbeat journos there and the bigeted gays are a disgrace. He is the ne who is normal and allowed his opinion.

    Posted by Carsie on 17 May 2018

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    Sacked for what? Folau was asked a question and he answered it, framed by his Christian beliefs. I find it utterly amazing that "progressives" who aren't generally Christian and therefore don't believe in hell should get so antsy over Folau's comments. So gays will go to hell, a place the left don't believe in, and that's homophobic? What a load of tosh. I am an atheist and believe Folau has a perfect right to say what he believes. It's not "homophobic" at all. The fake and silly word homophobia ("fear of things that are the same") is applied whenever "progressives" desire to shut down debate. The answer is NO, he should not be sacked. Attack the argument, if you wish, not the man.

    Posted by Fred17 on 17 May 2018

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    Purple Owl

    Definitely Not. He has the right to express his opinion

    Posted by Purple Owl on 17 May 2018

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    No he should not. Israel is a very religious man with his beliefs. He is a man who is as entitled to his opinions as anyone else. He is not a bloody rugby player 24/7 he has a life of his own and opinions and beliefs that he is entitled to.

    Posted by Linda on 17 May 2018

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    Not at all because he is a player and have said something. You people are vile.

    Posted by Bumperandrobbie on 17 May 2018

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    Israel should not be sacked, why should he not say what he feels? Are we turning into a society that has to be careful of what we believe when regulations have changed in acceptance of LGBTwithin a relationship and now we are changing or schools and educational reading material e.g story books? Since when is it frowned upon to voice for what you believe in especially when he has been brought up in a Christian environment? Then show the world a church that does not condone LGBT, then we will see the abmonination of Christianity! How can this type of living be integrated into Christian living when it blatantly states ‘no’ in the Bible? We’re we all wrong in the translation of the bible??

    Posted by Loretta on 17 May 2018

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    Yes. I think he should. That's called bullying.

    Posted by Les. on 17 May 2018

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    Oh, like the "Safe Schools" so-called anti-bullying? If anything, the response to Folau's comments is bullying. Anyway, "progressives" don't believe in hell so why would they be concerned that Folau believes gays are headed there?

    Posted by Fred17 on 17 May 2018

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    Everyone has an opinion. Everyone is free to have an opinion and that's as far as it should go.

    Posted by Natalie on 17 May 2018

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    Leave him alone, he can't help himself, he's a footy player, not known for brains, but his religious beliefs are just that, his beliefs. But, people should know when to keep their mouths shut on certain topics.

    Posted by wendel on 17 May 2018

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    Another no brained idiot!

    Posted by Shottibar on 17 May 2018

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    Wendel I am referring to!

    Posted by Shottibar on 17 May 2018

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    Everyone have freedom of speech. But celebrities have many people to get listened. So they can think before tell some thing sensitive

    Posted by Ambily on 17 May 2018

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    Unfortunately media is like a hungry dog ! They see a scrap and run with it. He (Folau) is stating his belief and that's okay. Wether or not you agree is your decision. We become a society that is to afraid to look sideways anymore for fear of being called out. There's a difference between opinion and hate!

    Posted by Mervyn on 17 May 2018

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    No. Folau spoke against perverts and those who ruin the moral foundations of this nation - including our corrupt politicians who passed these immoral laws.

    Posted by me45 on 17 May 2018

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    He should not be sacked. he is entitled to his opinion. The fact he n known nationally has nothing to do with it. he is entitled to his opinion like everyone else

    Posted by Ronald on 17 May 2018

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    Free speech! He is entitled to his opinion and he should not have to keep silent!.

    Posted by James on 16 May 2018

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    I agree with Jenny, let him be.

    Posted by Woodness on 16 May 2018

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    Nothing more to say, I agree with all the former comments

    Posted by Keith on 16 May 2018

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    No He should not be sacked. He was stating his belief. Those organisations that are slamming him should be ashamed of themselves. They believe in neither God the bible or Hell so why should they be upset. Its one mans statement of his belief and they are crying like wimps. Grow up corporations and act like real men.

    Posted by Jenny on 16 May 2018

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    Personally as a gay man, I took offense at his remarks, but he is entitled to his view and beliefs, so no, he should not be fired from a sport he stars in. I wonder though, how he gets on with some "out" players in his sport?

    Posted by Gandalf1 on 16 May 2018

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    No, good for him to believe in God & trust him.

    Posted by Hamqan on 16 May 2018

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    No. he has the right to say how he feels.

    Posted by Maxine on 15 May 2018

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    Cap`n Roodog

    Absolutely not!! When i last checked we still live in a free country where everyone is entitled to an opinion whether you agree with that opinion or not. If you do'n t want others to have the right to an opinion then perhaps you need to move to another country - North Korea or China perhaps!!

    Posted by Cap`n Roodog on 15 May 2018

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    Simply expressing his opinion. I haven't heard what was said, but can't imagine it would be bad enough to sack him.

    Posted by Tyke on 15 May 2018

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