'Cry baby gays' - Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki voices support for Israel Folau over rugby star's homophobic comments

Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki has voiced his support for rugby star Israel Folau's opinion that gay people are going to hell, calling members of the LGBT community "cry baby gays".

Folau wrote on social media last month gay people were destined for "Hell, unless they repent of their sins and turn to God".

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The comment sparked backlash from commentators and players alike for putting people's lives and mental health in danger.

But Tamaki has shown support for Folau, defending his right to freedom of expression while also praising Folau and his wife Maria for their devotion to Christianity.

Tamaki tweeted his support to back up a picture of him after a coffee with the couple he posted last week.

"Jesus didn't apologise for offending people when speaking Gods Word...If the Gay Community want to be accepted as a part of society then 'take it on the nose like the rest of us'," he wrote.

He accompanied the tweet with the hashtag, "#CryBabyGays".

Brian Tamaki poses with Israel and Maria Folau after a coffee.
Brian Tamaki poses with Israel and Maria Folau after a coffee. Source: @BishopTamaki / Twitter

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'You get an aura about how good life is': Journalist's new book shares intimate tales of life after footy for our All Black heroes

The large contracts, sponsors and travel experienced during the career of All Blacks is well documented by media and players alike, but life after retiring, especially for players before the pro era, has often remained a mystery - until now.

Seasoned sport joournalist Wynne Gray interviewed over 20 All Blacks spanning four decades of Test rugby to see what they had done since hanging up the boots.

Their tales were then put together into a book which Gray has since published called Rugby, the Afterlife.

Gray said the book came from a desire to reconnect with many of the players featured in the book.

"I'd lost contact with quite a few of these guys down the years and thought, 'what a nice way to catch up with them and see what they've got up to,' and that's really what it is about," he said.

"There were a number who life has not been favourable for but these are the stories more about people from the amatuer era, some who crossed over into professionalism and these kids who are now entirely professional and what they do once the big bucks stop."

Gray said there are "some" extreme examples of hardship for players but he mostly worked in the "middle ground" for stories feautred in the book.

"There were a number who I contacted and had extremely interesting conversations with but they didn't want to share their stories.

"It might make another great book!"

All Blacks featured in Rugby, the Afterlife:

Mark Allen, Frank Bunce, Adrian Cashmore, Matthew Cooper, Christian Cullen, Craig Dowd, Sean Fitzpatrick, Norm Hewitt, Andrew Hore, Ian Jones, Michael Jones, Josh Kronfeld, Blair Larsen, Walter Little, Richerd Loe, Justin Marshall, Keven Mealamu ,Glen Osborne, Arran Pene, Taine Randell, Eric Rush, John Timu, Jeff Wilson

Wynne Gray spoke to icons such as Glen Osbourne, Christian Cullen and Kevin Mealamu about life after hanging up the boots. Source: Breakfast



TJ Perenara '100% against' Folau's anti-gay comments, says 'Polynesia has been sexually diverse since forever'

All Black halfback TJ Perenara has joined the chorus of rugby players condemning Israel Folau over his comments that homosexuals go to hell.

The Hurricanes captain said in a series of tweets that he was 100 per cent against Folau’s comments while tweeting his support for young people who are struggling with their identity.

The 26-year-old also said he was donating to the NZ Falcons for their trip Amsterdam for the international gay rugby tournament, the Bingham Cup.

Perenara’s comments echo those made by Chiefs halfback Brad Weber, who said he disgusted to be playing against someone that said gays would go to hell. 

Hurricanes TJ Perenara is presented a mere pounamu for 100 Super Rugby games. Hurricanes V Highlanders. Super Rugby round 6 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 24th March 2018. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
TJ Perenara. Source: Photosport