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Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:23 am  

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Is anyone still willing to claim his 'freedom of speech' after this...https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rte.ie/amp/1092536/

The guys a religious fundamentalist nutjob the like of which need putting away.
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:34 am  
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I don't agree with what he's said, but first and foremost RL shouldn't touch him with a barge pole after his sacking from the Aus RU because we as a sport would then just look like a soft touch who will give a bigot a game when a real professional body won't. His ongoing legal issues are between him and RU, but there's no reason for RL to get involved.
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Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:36 am  

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Potentially a smart move for his legal action. As I understand it, he is appealing on the basis of his beliefs. To say something similar in a church setting supports his religious beliefs argument.
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:57 am  

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Dont want to turn this into a religious thread (although it may already be on ?) but, seriously ?
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:00 am  

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Seriously, what?
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:03 am  

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Seth wrote:
Is anyone still willing to claim his 'freedom of speech' after this...https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rte.ie/amp/1092536/

The guys a religious fundamentalist nutjob the like of which need putting away.


He certainly does have the freedom to say that stuff; and decent people have equal freedom to regard him as a member of a crazed death cult, who they don't want to employ.
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:07 am  

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The problem is that his 'freedom of speech' gives rise to the more violent and dangerous extremists.
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:10 am  
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In RU can you play for two different countries, or are you committed to the one you play for first, and thus have to choose carefully if you're eligible for more than one? I'm just curious because once he was sacked by the Aus RU would crawling back to RL have been his first choice if Tonga RU could have selected him?
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Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:13 am  
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Potentially a smart move for his legal action. As I understand it, he is appealing on the basis of his beliefs. To say something similar in a church setting supports his religious beliefs argument.


Footage of him talking in his church showed a congregation size of less than 10. Now with all the media attention his words have reached maybe millions. If spreading the word about the beliefs of his church is his objective then he has succeeded beyond probably his wildest dreams.

His court trial, if it happens,will be interesting. An arbitration hearing, pretrial,is planned for next month.
Re: Folau Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:18 am  
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There's a lot of money in religious fundamentalism. I'm not saying he doesn't believe what he's saying - I'm sure he does - but getting it out there like that will make money for his church and drum up even more support from like minded types for his "cause" against the Aus RU. Frankly the best way to oppose him is to ignore him, and I hope that's exactly what RL does.
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