The AM Show host Duncan Garner says while he doesn’t share Mr Folau’s views, he supports his right to post them.
“That’s a lesson, a reading, a teaching in the bible – so he just merely quoted the bible,” Garner said on Tuesday.
“What’s wrong with that? I support his right to be a church-man and to reply like that.”
Which bible quote is Israel Folau quoting?
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Or Leviticus 20:13?
“‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
The problem with using Leviticus as a basis for law is that it lists a whole bunch of things that were against the law at the time, so if you accept that homosexuals should be put to death, then you will also be wanting to follow the rest of the Leviticus laws that put people to death for eating pork, eating shellfish, charging interest on loans, mating different types of animals, wearing clothing made of two different kinds of material and of course the old planting your fields with two different kinds of seed.
I don’t hear Israel Folau firing up much about credit cards or nylon.
The problem with holding on to Leviticus for any sense of ethical direction is that all of these old laws were ruled out by the New Testament in the 6th book, Romans 10:4…
Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
…so Christ actually rewrites and annuls any of the old law from Leviticus. I’m not sure if Israel or Duncan have read beyond the Old Testament.
To be honest, I don’t think Israel understands the Bible he’s standing up for any more than Duncan does.
Misreading scripture to arrive at meanings that are completely at odds with the message is tedious, but the rainbow backlash to Folau’s ill thought out Instagram comment is in danger of martyring him now and building more resentment not less.
Instead of yelling homophobe, point out that his own bible doesn’t in fact back up his conclusion that homosexuals are going to hell.