Rugby star’s posts go against Jesus’ teachings, says Catholic popstar
American popstar Nicole Scherzinger has told Israel Folau that his beliefs do not represent Jesus’ teachings.
Scherzinger, a devout Catholic, has weighed in on the anti-gay controversy surrounding the Australian rugby star, who is currently caught up in a legal battle with Rugby Australia.
Rugby Australia – the country’s governing body of rugby union – terminated Folau’s contract in May after Folau, a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian, posted anti-gay comments on social media, urging homosexuals to ‘turn away from your sin’ and stating those living in sin ‘will end up in Hell unless you repent’.
Folau claims his sacking was an unlawful act of religious discrimination.
However, Scherzinger, a former member of the American girl group The Pussycat Dolls, claimed that Folau’s posts go against Jesus’ teachings.
“In my beliefs and in my teaching as who am I, and even the teachings of Jesus Christ, he who does not sin may cast the first stone – and no-one can. So it’s not for me to judge anyone else,” the former X Factor and current Australia’s Got Talent judge told The Daily Telegraph.
She added: “And also, in the end, God is love. It’s about love and accepting. That [Folau’s posts] is not generating that.”
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