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Sport Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

06:40  19 november  2019
06:40  19 november  2019 Source:   theroar.com.au

Rugby boss admits massive Folau mistake

  Rugby boss admits massive Folau mistake Re-signing Israel Folau was a mistake, Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has admitted to Peter FitzSimons.Folau was sacked earlier this year for again making homophobic comments on social media. He had already done so before re-signing with Rugby Australia on a four-year contract worth about $5 million.

Israel Folau has declined to address questions about his future despite Rugby Australia saying he would be sacked if he could not offer a good reason for a social media post.

Scott Morrison praises Israel Folau ' s 'strong character' after anti-gay remarks. “And that’ s what I wish people would think about and the way they convey their opinions and I wish they New Zealand Rugby also made a public statement on Wednesday restating its sworn commitment to “inclusion”

Folau has made a statement pretty similar to what my old sort-of-friend said more than 20 years ago: he claims the current bushfire emergency is due to the government’s sanctioning of same-sex marriage and abortion.© AAP Images Folau has made a statement pretty similar to what my old sort-of-friend said more than 20 years ago: he claims the current bushfire emergency is due to the government’s sanctioning of same-sex marriage and abortion.

I knew a girl in high school who was a serious Christian, from a serious Christian family.

So seriously Christian were they that at her birthday party, there was no music, and we all spent the whole night sitting solemnly, eating chips and wondering which one of us her grandfather would declare to be tonight’s sacrifice.

Anyway, in the mid ’90s, during a period of intense and devastating bushfire activity across New South Wales, this Christian friend of mine declared that the reason the fires were ravaging the state was the NSW government’s failure to criminalise homosexuality.

Israel Folau links bushfire crisis to same-sex marriage and abortion

  Israel Folau links bushfire crisis to same-sex marriage and abortion The former Wallabies star warned the drought and bushfires across NSW were a "little taste of God's judgment that's coming".Sacked rugby union star Israel Folau has linked the NSW bushfire crisis and drought to legalising same-sex marriage and abortion, warning the disasters are a "little taste of God's judgment".

Public opinion consists of the desires, wants and thinking of the majority of the people. It is the collective opinion of the people of a society or state on an issue or problem. This concept came about through the process of urbanization and other political and social forces.

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To this we responded with laughter and mockery. None of us attempted any reasoned argument against her declaration, because it was so self-evidently batshit insane that we saw no need to engage with it on any level other than “what an idiot”.

Which brings me, naturally, to Israel Folau. Folau has made a statement pretty similar to what my old sort-of-friend said more than 20 years ago: he claims the current bushfire emergency is due to the government’s sanctioning of same-sex marriage and abortion.

Essentially, the cross-code champ reckons, God didn’t like what Australia did, so he torched the joint.

Now, what else can you say to this but “what an idiot”? Not just for believing that, but for thinking it doesn’t make this “God” you love so much look like a total bastard? I mean, “God is burning the country because he hates gay sex” is no advertisement for God – if God and Satan were in an election campaign, the Devil would be running Izzy’s line on his attack ads.

Barnaby slams Folau's bushfires comments

  Barnaby slams Folau's bushfires comments Sacked rugby union star Israel Folau has linked the nation's devastating bushfires to Australia passing laws to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage. Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has chastised Israel Folau after the sacked Wallabies star claimed bushfires crippling Australia were God's punishment for legalising a Dumped by Rugby Australia after claiming homosexuals would go to hell, Folau has doubled down in a video sermon posted to the Truth of Jesus Christ Church Sydney.Mr Joyce said it was pointless to engage with Folau.

"[In the Public Interest ] understands from other cities where they’ve done it right and where they’ve done it wrong." In the Public Interest is a comprehensive research and policy center committed to promoting the values, vision, and agenda for the common good and democratic control of public

Public opinion , an aggregate of the individual views, attitudes, and beliefs about a particular topic, expressed by a significant proportion of a community. Some scholars treat the aggregate as a synthesis of the views of all or a certain segment of society; others regard it as a collection of many.

But also, those of us who encountered people like my classmate in the past know that Folau’s take on the fires isn’t even an original one. People have been claiming disasters as the wrath of God against the wicked forever.

In fact, the guy spends most of the Old Testament inflicting various catastrophes on people whose behaviour he disapproves of, so it’s no wonder that in The Year Of Our Lord 2019, people who’ve been brought up to think that very Testament is the ancient world’s version of Hansard believe it’s still going on today.

So it’s not really any big deal that a guy who’s been indoctrinated into the tiniest hate-filled niche of a slightly larger hate-filled subsection of a moderately sized hate-filled corner of a fairly large wing of a massive global belief system is going around spouting hilariously demented lunacy. Given that, the question is: why are we paying attention?

'Button up. These comments don't help': Alan Jones blasts Israel Folau for blaming killer bushfires and the drought on Australia legalising gay marriage and abortion

  'Button up. These comments don't help': Alan Jones blasts Israel Folau for blaming killer bushfires and the drought on Australia legalising gay marriage and abortion In an extraordinary sermon at his north-west Sydney church on Sunday, Folau said recent wildfires that have killed six and decimated 530 homes were God's way of speaking to Australia. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Rugby Australia (RA) looks set to remove Israel Folau from their national team over an Instagram post deemed to be anti-gay. The inevitable backlash promoted Folau to write a reasonable and heartfelt blog post explaining his stance and the Bible passage it was drawn from.

Australian rugby star Israel Folau is facing a ban from the national side after claiming that gay people would go to hell. But Folau has refused to back down, saying it was up to God whether he would carry on playing and insisting he would rather face the end of his career than retract his comments.

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And the answer is: because this weird loon is good at footy. Really, really good at footy. Let’s not deny that Israel Folau, in the days before his big mouth and church-scrambled brain saw him banished from the field, did things that even very good footballers could only dream of doing.

But there we run into a non sequitur. Because “we are interested in his views about why God sets fire to things because he is super good at footy” is not a logically coherent sentence. It’s like saying you hired a plumber because you heard he made brilliant apple cakes: it does not follow.

So maybe we should take our explanation back a step. The reason we’re paying attention is not simply because Israel Folau is good at footy: it’s because, long ago and for reasons difficult to decipher, we decided that what sportspeople think about things outside sport is important.

It’s the same reason Margaret Court can still grab a headline by babbling something dumb about Hell, the reason NRL players rack up big Facebook numbers telling people not to vaccinate their kids, and the reason Sam Newman is still a thing. As a society, we took the adventurous step of allocating to athletes the role of expert pundit on… well, pretty much anything.

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  'Nobody knows God's mind': Christian group won't condemn Folau Israel Folau may have lost some high-profile supporters, but the nation's most powerful Christian group has refused to condemn the ex-Wallaby.Former Wallaby Israel Folau may have lost some high-profile supporters following his latest controversial statement, but the nation's most powerful Christian group has refused to condemn him.

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"[In the Public Interest ] understands from other cities where they’ve done it right and where they’ve done it wrong." "It’ s hard to think of any organization that is as valuable in protecting the public interest in a time when it is in peril."

So maybe we should stop doing that?

Look, there are undoubtedly sportsmen and sportswomen with intelligent and useful contributions to make on a range of social issues. I’m just saying how about, before we treat anything they say as inherently newsworthy, we check to see whether there is any reason to listen to them besides the fact they get paid to play games?

Maybe, before we decide that an idiot saying idiotic things matters, we should ensure that we’re not only paying attention to that idiot because of their proficiency in a field completely unrelated to the idiotic things they’re saying?

If you want to know how to catch a high ball under pressure, Izzy Folau would be a great guy to go to for advice, just like Margaret Court can be of enormous help to anyone seeking to improve their forehand. But going to either of them for anything interesting on the subject of marriage equality, gay rights in general, or fire prevention makes as much sense as asking Don Bradman for his thoughts on data retention.

I mean, even when he was alive.

So, can we draw a line? Can we agree that from now on we only take sportspeople seriously when they’re talking about sport, and if we’re unlucky enough to be within earshot when they shoot off about anything else, we simply say, “what an idiot” and move on with our lives?

Folau files new $14m suit against RA .
The former Wallaby has filed an amended statement of claim in his lawsuit against Rugby Australia.The former rugby star lodged the new claim in the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne this morning, increasing his demands from $10 million to $14 million over the termination of his contract earlier this year.

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