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The big problem with Folau debate


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Can I say straight off the bat Israel Folau shouldn’t have done what he did; he shouldn’t have sent that tweet.

I’m sure he’s not naïve enough to know that it wouldn’t have had ramifications for him, for rugby and for the people that he’s offended.

But what Wallabies hooker Taniela Tupou is saying is 100 per cent correct, Polynesian people are brought up in a stricter religious environment than many people are here on the mainland. It’s just true.

And, as I said right when this became an issue, I’m more offended by the results of Rugby Australia and the flip-floppy administration that they’ve got than I am by anything Israel Folau could say.

To date, everyone has focused on Folau speaking about gay people going to hell, but I was in a couple of the other categories he listed on that post, so according to him I’m going to hell too.

I don’t know whether I’m right or he’s right, I don’t believe in heaven or hell – but people who do believe in heaven and hell, a lot of them would agree with what Israel Folau is saying.

Now, it mystifies me how people get so worked up about one person’s opinion about anything, particularly when you throw the religious motivation in behind it because I just can’t get excited about religion

Everyone cherishes their own thoughts about religion and beliefs and I do believe in the spirit of humanity being overall a good force but I don’t care what Israel thinks God has planned for me, I really don’t.

I know that people are very sensitive about young people battling with issues, and that they look up to him and he shouldn’t have said this publicly – all of that I agree with.

But if Israel Folau who is no question, one of the best one or two players for Australia in rugby, if the best one or two players in Australia for rugby league had done something like this, would we be still talking about this to this degree? It wouldn’t have become the issue it has become, I feel convinced of that.

It just shows you how far rugby in this country has sunk. In 2003, when then CEO of Australian Rugby Union John O’Neil was in charge, we hosted the Rugby World Cup. And at that time people were seriously talking about rugby league having to merge with rugby union and rugby union being the dominant partner in that merger.

Well, look at what has happened to rugby in this country since then. It’s been so poorly administrated - rugby is now going so badly here.

And on this issue rugby has just completely crapped its pants. Remember when it all started, they said, ‘We can’t find Israel’. Remember he went missing for a couple of days? So they publicly announced, “If we don’t hear from him we’re going to sack him and we’re going to sack him anyway”.

Folau 'will not play for Australia again'

Now it’s in court we’re waiting for the judge to make her mind up. But what should have happened; Raelene Castle should have grabbed him in by the ear and said, “Listen. We gave you once chance on this 12 months ago, are you serious about this? Because if you’re serious about staying in our organisation, here’s your new contract which specifically bans you from saying this rubbish. Right?”

That’s all you had to do.

But I do think he deserves another chance. People say offensive things all the time, Tony Abbott who’s more of a careful politician – I reckon his beliefs would nearly be exactly aligned with Israel Folau and we made him Prime Minister.

And the last thing we want is to carve a line down the middle of Australian rugby, where you’ve got all the Polynesians on one side and all the Caucasian guys on the other side, because we won’t have a team.

Follow Cameron Williams on Twitter @camjwilliams

COMMENT:

Can I say straight off the bat Israel Folau shouldn’t have done what he did; he shouldn’t have sent that tweet.

I’m sure he’s not naïve enough to know that it wouldn’t have had ramifications for him, for rugby and for the people that he’s offended.

But what Wallabies hooker Taniela Tupou is saying is 100 per cent correct, Polynesian people are brought up in a stricter religious environment than many people are here on the mainland. It’s just true.

And, as I said right when this became an issue, I’m more offended by the results of Rugby Australia and the flip-floppy administration that they’ve got than I am by anything Israel Folau could say.

To date, everyone has focused on Folau speaking about gay people going to hell, but I was in a couple of the other categories he listed on that post, so according to him I’m going to hell too.

I don’t know whether I’m right or he’s right, I don’t believe in heaven or hell – but people who do believe in heaven and hell, a lot of them would agree with what Israel Folau is saying.

Now, it mystifies me how people get so worked up about one person’s opinion about anything, particularly when you throw the religious motivation in behind it because I just can’t get excited about religion

Everyone cherishes their own thoughts about religion and beliefs and I do believe in the spirit of humanity being overall a good force but I don’t care what Israel thinks God has planned for me, I really don’t.

I know that people are very sensitive about young people battling with issues, and that they look up to him and he shouldn’t have said this publicly – all of that I agree with.

But if Israel Folau who is no question, one of the best one or two players for Australia in rugby, if the best one or two players in Australia for rugby league had done something like this, would we be still talking about this to this degree? It wouldn’t have become the issue it has become, I feel convinced of that.

It just shows you how far rugby in this country has sunk. In 2003, when then CEO of Australian Rugby Union John O’Neil was in charge, we hosted the Rugby World Cup. And at that time people were seriously talking about rugby league having to merge with rugby union and rugby union being the dominant partner in that merger.

Well, look at what has happened to rugby in this country since then. It’s been so poorly administrated - rugby is now going so badly here.

And on this issue rugby has just completely crapped its pants. Remember when it all started, they said, ‘We can’t find Israel’. Remember he went missing for a couple of days? So they publicly announced, “If we don’t hear from him we’re going to sack him and we’re going to sack him anyway”.

Folau 'will not play for Australia again'

Now it’s in court we’re waiting for the judge to make her mind up. But what should have happened; Raelene Castle should have grabbed him in by the ear and said, “Listen. We gave you once chance on this 12 months ago, are you serious about this? Because if you’re serious about staying in our organisation, here’s your new contract which specifically bans you from saying this rubbish. Right?”

That’s all you had to do.

But I do think he deserves another chance. People say offensive things all the time, Tony Abbott who’s more of a careful politician – I reckon his beliefs would nearly be exactly aligned with Israel Folau and we made him Prime Minister.

And the last thing we want is to carve a line down the middle of Australian rugby, where you’ve got all the Polynesians on one side and all the Caucasian guys on the other side, because we won’t have a team.

Follow Cameron Williams on Twitter @camjwilliams

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