Israel Folau has been slammed for comparing gay people to drug addicts in an interview with Sky News.
When talking about his anti-homosexual comments, Folau said:
“I can certainly see it from both sides.”
“If I had a child that was a drug addict, I would certainly love my child without anything attached to that.
“It’s something that I’m trying to share in love and that’s the way I look at it in terms of sharing the bible and the passages with my fellow men each day.”
Ex-Wallaby Israel Folau is hoping Rugby Australia will admit it was wrong to terminate his contract and apologise for doing so when his lawyers meet with those from the game’s governing body.
“I’m hopeful for an apology from them and admission that they were wrong,” Folau told Sky News on Thursday evening.
“That would be something that I would like to get.”
Folau said RA had offered him money to remove the post that caused the issue, but declined to do so as sharing the bible was part of his duty as a Christian.
However RA on Thursday said Folau’s claim was “completely untrue” and they had never offered him money to remove the posts.
Representatives for the two parties will convene at the Fair Work Commission on Friday for the next step in his unfair dismissal case.
RA sacked Folau after taking issue with a social media post by the committed Christian in April that was condemned as homophobic.
Folau had paraphrased a Bible passage saying “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” would go to hell unless they repented.
He argues he was unfairly dismissed on religious grounds.
Folau is seeking $10 million in damages from RA and wants his multimillion- dollar contract reinstated after it was pulled by the association.
– With AAP