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    Sinners in the Eyes of an Angry Rugby Player: Aussie Star Condemns Gays to Hell

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    A veritable social media storm broke out when a prominent Australian rugby player who had earlier expressed his disapproval of gay marriage claimed that gay people are facing the inferno.

    Professional Australian rugby union player Israel Folau found himself facing a severe public backlash after he wrote on Instagram that the divine plan for gay people was apparently "hell… unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."

    Folau’s comment, a reply to another Instagram user who had posted on the rugby player’s page, has been deleted, but the screenshots of it quickly made their way to Twitter and calamity ensued.

    ​A large number of people took a dim view of Folau’s comment, openly criticizing his views and branding him as a bigot.

    ​There were also those who, while not necessarily siding with Folau, sought to defend his right to express his opinion.

    ​Others still apparently opted not to take this matter too seriously.

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