This is Raelene Castle.
And even though she looks like she’s auditioning for the lead role in a Hollywood blockbuster in which a transgender woman and a radical lesbian feminist find common ground through gentle and tender comedy while raising awareness about the threat of climate change as they travel across America on a stolen electric scooter with an incel hitchhiker named Jason, she’s actually not.
Instead, she’s a great leader. See:
Like all great leaders, Raelene Castle has principles and she sticks to them. She says what she means. For instance, just a couple of days ago she said this:
Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexuality. All people are welcome to be part of the rugby family.
This great leader uttered these words at the end of a press conference in which she announced that Israel Folau would be sacked for his Christian views on sexuality. Also see:
Obviously, when the Great Leader Raelene Castle said that rugby welcomed all people, she did not mean Christians. Indeed, she probably doesn’t even think that Christians are human. So why would they be welcome in Raelene’s castle?
If you are a grown up and all of this is doing your head in, don’t worry, I’m here to help.
There are eight things you need to know about this Israel Folau kerfuffle.
Let me list all the other ways that Raelene Castle is a great leader and Rugby Australia is not imploding and taking down the last edifice of freedom in this nation with it.
1. Raelene Castle is destroying Australian rugby
Rugby Australia decided to axe the Western Force in 2017 to save $6 million a year. And this decision was made even after Andrew Forrest offered to stump up $50 million from his personal piggy bank to keep the team alive.
And now it seems highly likely that Rugby Australia will be forced to pay out Israel Folau’s $4 million contract (the ink on it is still wet), foot the bill for Raelene Castle’s extraordinary leadership at $815,255 per year and stump up for the legal costs of this saga as well. That’s likely to add up to a tad more than $6 million.
Guess what? It would have been cheaper for Rugby Australia to let Israel Folau have his say and keep the Western Force alive.
But that hasn’t happened.
So now guess what? On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Rugby Australia has gone to war with its star player and sent a message to all the other Israel Folaus chasing the ball around that they are not wanted either.
Given only half the Australian side are Pacific Islanders and the kids of this community are basically keeping junior rugby alive, it’s a good thing that Raelene Castle is such a brilliant boss that she understands Pacific Islanders have a strongly held belief in the separation of church and the footy field.
2. Rugby union in general has gone nuts
Bear with me because this is so weird that you couldn’t make it up, even if you were partying with Karmichael Hunt (we’ll get to that later).
There’s a rugby team in New Zealand called the Canterbury Crusaders. And even though they had nothing to do with the Christchurch terrorist attack they’re considering a name change anyway because to keep it would be Islamophobic.
And on the other side of the world, there’s another rugby team based in London named the Saracens.
The saracens spread Islam at the point of a sword throughout the Middle East, across North Africa and into Europe, including the Sharia law bit justifying the execution of homosexuals. The crusaders attempted to free the Holy Land from saracen control and jihadis are still miffed about this, hence the umpteen thousand Islamic terrorist attacks across the globe.
But the Saracens rugby club are not changing their name again, presumably, because it would be Islamophobic to do so.
There’s a bloke who plays for the Saracens by the name of Billy Vunipola. And he has earnt himself a formal warning for daring to agree with Israel Folau. He didn’t mention hell but he did state that men were meant for women.
So, in general terms, it’s ok for a rugby team to be named after the saracens who used force to spread the belief that homosexuals should be executed but it’s not ok for a person to play in this team if they believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. And it’s definitely not ok for a rugby team to be named after the crusaders, who fought the saracens.
And somewhere in all of this is Sonny Bill Williams, the high profile Kiwi player who converted to Islam, quotes from the Koran on his Twitter page and who converses on social media with a mufti who once said:
“gays are worse than animals”
Like the Exalted One Raelene Castle said, rugby welcomes all people – even the ones who think the other ones are not human.
Perhaps if Israel Folau was Muslim, Raelene Castle would have gone with him to visit a mosque after he expressed his views. But he isn’t, so that didn’t happen.
3. The other Kiwi lady joins in
Raelene Castle isn’t the only Kiwi woman swinging handbags at Israel Folau.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, stated that she disagreed with Israel Folau before adding that this was a matter for Australia. At least she knows her boundaries.
Those who can remember back to, oh, the end of March, will know that Jasinta Ahern donned a hijab, broadcast the Islamic call to prayer across the length and breadth of the nation she leads and then personally expressed her acknowledgement that Mohammad is Allah’s prophet. In Arabic.
And those who can remember back to, oh, point number two will know that this is the same ‘prophet’ who decreed that homosexuals should be executed.
Luckily, it seems that Jemima Astern has been decreed a great leader in the mould of Raelene Castle. Otherwise people might think that she has no idea what she’s doing.
4. Israel is a very naughty boy
To add some perspective to Israel Folau’s crimes, ponder this:
Todd Carney urinated in his own mouth and went on to play Super League in Europe.
Wayne Carey had an affair with his then-captain and former best friend’s wife before being picked up by the Adelaide Crows. He is a regular face of football broadcasts today.
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft blatantly cheated during a cricket test against South Africa, using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball. All three are now eligible to represent this nation again.
And Karmichael Hunt was arrested for drug use. He’s now playing rugby for the NSW Waratahs – the same team that Israel Folau can no longer train with.
Clearly, Israel Folau’s call for virtue is an affront to Australian sport. Tumbleweeds would be rolling across the stadiums if you had to be a good person, rather than a good sportsman, to earn the big bucks.
If Israel Folau had got blotto last weekend and set fire to a school for disabled kids it would be lumped in the ho-hum section of sporting scandals on page 47 of the local rag.
If Folau had run stark naked through Bill Shorten’s latest press conference and was unlucky enough to get the sack, Peter Beattie would be on the phone to his manager in an instant.
But because Folau said it was wrong to get drunk, the Head Honcho of the National Rugby League has slammed the door shut. Given Peter Beattie has his hands full dealing with the habitual indiscretions of the ‘professionals’ in the ‘industry’ he runs, he should win the Virtue Signaller of the Millennium Award for that effort.
5. The anti-Christian witch hunt is on break for Easter
This is probably the best part of this entire saga.
Rugby Australia wants to sack Israel Folau for his Christian views but it can’t do it yet because there needs to be a kangaroo court first.
And it can’t hold that because everyone at Rugby Australia is about to go on holidays to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which still happens to be a public holiday in our heathen land.
It’s called Easter.
6. It will be interesting if this goes to court
Personally, I hope this goes to court.
Because that’s when affidavits will be sworn and witnesses will take the stand. And our legal system, in its zeal for the facts, will allow people to swear on the Bible that what they say is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help them God.
This would be the same Bible that Israel Folau quoted from.
The same Bible that Raelene Castle says is so offensive that merely quoting from it should see one cast, weeping and gnashing their teeth, into the exterior darkness.
The same Bible that our governors-general and prime ministers have taken their oaths of office on.
Basically, Raelene Castle is not just at war with Christianity. She’s such an impressive figure that she’s decided to take down our entire civilisation as well.
7. Lies, lies, lies
At the heart of this farce is a single, massive lie.
Raelene Castle claims the decision to sack Israel Folau has nothing to do with his religious views. See:
“This is not a religious discussion this is a discussion around the employee-employer relationship and the values and contractual arrangements within that agreement. That’s the basis on which we’ve served him a breach notice.”
Just for the record, here is Israel Folau’s post:
This post mentions ‘Jesus’. It says repent. It quotes from the Bible. And it lists a bunch of people that pretty much the entire world has always accepted are destined for hell unless some form of remedial action is taken.
As far as religious things go, Israel Folau’s post is about as high on the scale as you can get without stepping foot inside a church on Sunday.
But if you believe this has nothing to do with religion, then you’ll also believe that the Bledisloe Cup has nothing to do with sport and is merely an international business meeting between representatives of Australia and New Zealand to decide the geographical location of a disputed historical artefact.
The deceitful arrogance of people like Raelene Castle, quite frankly, does my head in.
She knows full well this is about Christianity. And she is leading the charge to destroy religious freedom for Christians in Australia. And, just like all the others of her ilk, she is so tremendous that she cannot bring herself to say what she is actually doing.
8. The Gaystapo has been unleashed
In late 2017, Australia was warned that homosexual marriage would result in the loss of religious freedom for Christians.
And this is exactly what has happened.
It has now been deemed unacceptable to represent this nation if you accept that homosexual acts are immoral. As Miranda Devine reminded us earlier this week, the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, boasted during the homosexual marriage campaign that:
If you’re unhappy with a company that’s involved with the campaign you won’t be able to bank and you won’t be able to fly anywhere.
And now it seems that you won’t be able to play sport either.
Joyce and his cronies are intent on using the financial power of big business to turn us into political and religious slaves.
It should be noted that the drunks have not called for Folau’s head. Nor have the fornicators or adulterers, the thieves or the liars. And the atheists and idolators are silent.
Hell, Folau has even criticised the teachings of the Catholic Church. But Catholics don’t want him sacked for that.
It is only the homosexuals who have demanded a sacrifice. This mob are drunk on power and by their actions over the past week they have shown themselves to be the real bigots, the real purveyors of intolerance and the real threat to unity and freedom in this nation.
The LGBT activists have taken up arms this week claiming that Israel Folau is free to say what he likes but not free from the ‘consequences’ – which include losing his job. This is another lie in the free speech debate.
Unless Folau is free to state his Christian views, he does not have religious freedom. It is becoming painfully obvious that these activists want a world in which Christians cannot speak at all.
If action is not taken swiftly to repeal the anti-discrimination laws that empower this assault on the freedom of Christians (especially through their implementation in workplace HR policies), Folau will not be the last Australian thrown to lions. And in the future the punishment will be considerably more painful than not being able to play rugby for Australia.
Folau can probably afford some time off. The average punter will lose his house if he can’t keep up his mortgage payments.
Australian Christians stand on the threshold of a dark age.
And the real point of the Folau saga is this: Christianity is so unprepared for this attack that a man who plays a game for a living is doing a better job of defending Christian beliefs than the bishops.
If we are to defend ourselves, this had better change, especially as Bill Shorten may well be Prime Minister in a matter of weeks. And he supports the action taken against Israel Folau, despite promising all Australians that he would protect religious freedom…