& # 39; God goes with you, brother & # 39 ;: supporters gather for Israel Folau when he arrives at Fair Work Commission
& # 39; God goes with you brother & # 39 ;: supporters gather for Israel Folau when he arrives at Fair Work Commission prior to his multi-million dollar legal battle against Rugby Australia
Israel Folau has arrived for a meeting with Rugby Australia at the Fair Work Commission.
The Sydney meeting is the first formal step in the unfair dismissal case of the 30-year-old.
The dumped Wallaby star has said he wants his former employer to admit it was wrong to fire him for a homophobic Instagram post.
Israël Folau laughed when he and his lawyers lifted up for his Fair Work meeting
Israel Folau has arrived for a meeting with Rugby Australia at the Fair Work Commission
& # 39; I hope for an apology. I would be happy with that, & he told reporters when he entered the meeting.
A small group of Folau fans were outside the building.
One told him: & # 39; God goes with your brother & # 39; before the star replied "Thank you friend".
In a video posted on his website Friday morning, Folau told his supporters that he wanted to apologize.
He said: & # 39; Hopefully Rugby Australia accepts that my termination was illegal and we can agree on how they can correct that error.
& # 39; First of all, I hope for an apology from Rugby Australia and an acknowledgment that even if they disagree with my views, I must be free to peacefully express my religious beliefs without fear of retribution or exclusion. & # 39;
RA fired Folau after having a problem with social media in April by the dedicated Christian who was convicted of being homophobic.
Folau had paraphrased a Bible passage that said & # 39; drunkards, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters & # 39; would go to hell unless they repented.
He claims that he was wrongfully dismissed on religious grounds.
Folau wants $ 10 million in damages from RA and wants his multi-million-dollar contract to be restored.
Folau claimed on Thursday evening that RA had offered him money to remove the post that caused the issue, but refused to do so because sharing the Bible was part of his Christian duty.
& # 39; I could not do that as someone who has been condemned by my faith. I couldn't live with that, & Folau said.
& # 39; It certainly comes from a place of love and it is nothing personal. & # 39;
But RA immediately returned and said that Folau & # 39; s claim & # 39; not at all true & # 39; and they had never offered him money to delete the messages.
More than 20,000 people have donated more than $ 2.2 million to fund Folau & # 39; s legal battle through a campaign set up by the Australian Christian Lobby.
The ACL effort replaced a previous campaign on GoFundMe that was removed by the platform for breach of service guidelines.
& # 39; I want to thank you all for your prayers and your support. You made it possible for me to stand up for every Australian of faith, & Folau said.
& # 39; I know we are strong enough to tolerate different views without getting people out of their jobs because of expressing religious beliefs that not everyone agrees with. & # 39;
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