Former rugby star Israel Folau has launched another attack on homosexuals, criticising children who undergo gender treatment during a sermon at his local church in Sydney.
Just weeks after being stood down from his position with Rugby Australia for voicing anti-gay comments, the 30-year-old has claimed homosexuality and gender fluidity is what the “devil is trying to instil in the world”.
Speaking at The Truth of Jesus Christ Church, the sportsman explained a recent event he attended where the gender fluidity legislation was discussed.
“He spoke about nine points, one of the points… he is talking about the work of the sin, homosexuality, is in disguise to try and take over within this world,” he told the congregation in a video posted to Facebook.
“You see in today’s youths and everything, they are following young kids in primary school to be able to have the permission to change their gender if they want by taking away the permission of their parents. Now they are trying to take control as a government to make those decisions for young kids who are basically 16-years-old or younger, they don’t even know what they are doing.”
He continued: “This is what the devil is trying to do, to instil into the government, into this world, into society, and it is slowly happening.”
Folau’s new message comes after the rugby star officially launched an appeal against Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby after being sacked over a number of anti-gay comments he posted on social media.
The 30-year-old said goodbye to his time in the competitive sport last month when his four year contract was terminated, after a decision was handed down by an independent three-member panel.
Weeks later Folau’s legal team confirmed applications had been filed with the Fair Work Commission with the rugby player claiming he was “unlawfully fired” because of his religious beliefs.
In a statement shared earlier this month Folau said he felt his treatment by Rugby Australia and the Waratahs had left him with no choice but to stand up for his beliefs and the rights of all Australians.
“I will forever be grateful and proud to have played the sport I love for our nation,” Folau explained. “Ours is an amazing country built on important principles, including freedom of religion. A nation made up of so many different faiths and cultural backgrounds will never be truly rich unless this freedom applied to all of us.”
He went on to say that he believes everyone has the right to speak their mind and follow their religion freely, adding: “The messages of support we have received over these difficult few weeks have made me realise there are many Australians who feel their fundamental rights are being steadily eroded.
“No Australian of any faith should be fired for practicing their religion.”