When Israel Folau is asked to swear on the Bible before he gives evidence in the High Court, will someone from the legal team of Rugby Australia object that it is an example of ‘hate speech’? That’s a serious question now because as Miranda Devine suggested last weekend, even if Folau had simply “photocopied the passages that referred to in the posts… that would have caused a problem.”
What follows is a copy—courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph—of the legal transcript from Folau’s code of conduct meeting in May:
So, just to be clear. Folau’s contract was not terminated because he presented the Bible in an offensive way, but that he quoted from the Bible at all. Look at lines 43, 44 and 45 again. See?
This is a real game change in the whole Folau farrago. Because if this can happen to Australia’s best rugby player then it can happen to anyone.
Of course, it could have been a completely different story if Folau had quoted a different religious text from say, the Quran or the Hadiths. What would have happened if Folau had quoted one of the following?
Will you persist in these lewd acts which no other nation has committed before you? You lust after men instead of women. Truly, you are a degenerate people. (Quran 7:81-82)
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.” Abu Dawud 4462 (This is a sahih hadith)
Don’t say Rugby Australia just has a problem with the Bible?
Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.
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