Rugby star Israel Folau has blamed
same-sex marriage for deadly brushfires in Australia.
A devout Christian, Folau, 30, was
terminated earlier this year by Rugby Australia over homophobic
social media posts. He is currently challenging that decision in
Folau made his comments while speaking
to a congregation over the weekend. He posted video of his remarks on
“I'm doing this all out of love, for
people to hear this message and hopefully be able to receive it with
open hearts and they may come to know the truth of [God's] word,”
Folau told the crowd. “God's word says for a man and a woman to be
together, one man and one woman in the covenant of marriage.”
"The world, I'm speaking to
Australia right now, they've come and changed this law. They've
changed that law and now they've legalized same-sex marriage. Look
how rapid, these bushfires, these droughts, all these things have
come, in a short period of time. You think it's a coincidence or not?
God is speaking to you guys, Australia, you need to repent.”
"What you see right now in the
world is only a little taste of God's judgment that's coming, it's
not even a big thing,” he added.
The brushfires have been blamed for
killing six people and destroying nearly 500 homes this season.