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Folau's case shows words used as weapons should not go unpunished

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09.05.2019

Words matter. And Israel Folau’s foul outburst should cost him his $4 million job.

Of course, he’s entitled to think that gay people will burn in hell. That’s freedom of belief.
But his decision to express it - and use his role to do that - is appalling.

Israel Folau has used his public position as a licence to break the rules of the code that employs him.Credit:ninevms

Not only does it fuel hatred, and vilify a group of people over their sexuality, it also risks unthinkable consequences for many of those who hold the rugby union player up as a role model.

Yes, he’s sensational on the field, with 73 Tests for the Wallabies under his belt. Put his play on a pedestal.

But how can we then allow that to excuse his public comments, which are just plain hateful? How does a 15-year-old boy, one who is gay, react to them?

Folau has used his public position as a licence to break the rules of the code that........

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