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Freedom of speech does not preclude Israel Folau from consequences | Sally Rugg

The player is free to hold views that people like me are bound for hell. But Rugby Australia’s swift action should be applauded

Rugby Australia’s move to sack star play Israel Folau for anti-gay social media posts sends a clear message to players, fans and punters across the country: homophobia is not welcome in the code.

As a lesbian deeply involved in campaigns for LGBTIQ rights, Rugby Australia’s condemnation of Folau’s promotion of anti-gay views is heartening and reassuring. But I know what happens next: Folau’s impending sacking (or perhaps just public shellacking) will inevitably whip up hysteria from some who declare freedom of speech and freedom of expression at risk.

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