The prohibition of Israel Folau to express an opinion would be "totalitarian"



OPINION: The outrage of the mafia is in force after the last comments on the social networks of the rugby star Israel Folau. The Mafia wants to be more than in disagreement with the opinion of Folau, as is our right in a free society. He wants to prohibit him from expressing it, which is totalitarian.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Rugby Australia called Folau's comments on baduality and religion "unacceptable" and said his integrity unit had been "involved in the matter." Now he has signaled his intention to fire him.

Folau shared in his Instagram account an image that said "drunkards, homobaduals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters" that "Hell awaits you! Repent! Only Jesus saves".

Israel Folau in action for the Waratahs against the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

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Israel Folau in action for the Waratahs against the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

In the title of the image, Folau provided quotations from the Bible and added: "Those who live in sin will end up in hell unless they repent, Jesus Christ loves them and gives them time to turn from their sin and come to the."

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By all accounts, these opinions are a manifestation of Folou's religious beliefs. Many people would strongly disagree with what was said and would consider such deeply offensive feelings.

Should he lose his job for expressing a genuine religious belief? One sustained not only by many Christians, but also those of other religions.

Adam Thomson, on the left, who called rugby to ban Israel Folau, looks for a high ball against Folau in a matchup between the barbarians and Australia at Twickenham in 2014.

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Adam Thomson, on the left, who called rugby to ban Israel Folau, looks for a high ball against Folau in a matchup between the barbarians and Australia at Twickenham in 2014.

The outrage that followed has far exceeded the alleged irregularities of Folau. On Instagram, Australian soccer player Sam Kerr wrote: "Australia, we must not allow athletes or NO ONE to predict this hatred in our country." The Australian club's prominent rules player, Jason Ball, called the comments "frankly dangerous". In the Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Fitz Simons stated that Folau needed to "repent" for his wrong thinking before he could play again.

The authoritarian desire to impose an ideological orthodoxy on Australians is demonstrated by the way our national flag carrier and the sponsor of the Wallabies team intervened in this situation. Qantas said of Folau's comments in a statement published Thursday afternoon that "these comments are really disappointing and clearly do not reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity we support."

While Qantas says he believes in diversity, he does not believe in someone's right to express a religious point of view. Qantas is hypocritical. It has badociated airlines such as Qatar Airways and Emirates, owned by repressive regimes in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, respectively. Qatar imprisons those who are considered guilty of homobadual acts, and the United Arab Emirates punish homobaduality with the death penalty.

There is a genuine fear in many fields about the tyranny of corporate social justice policies, and Qantas' decision to intervene in this case demonstrates the motive.

Waratahs of NSW, the employer of Folau, may have the right to dismiss him under the terms of his employment contract. But it must be a different question.

Morgan Begg is a researcher at the Institute of Public Affairs, an Australian conservative think tank.


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