Israel Folau is in trouble.

Nate Hackman
Nate Hackman

Folau is in trouble. At least that what we are meant to believe. Yet, amongst all the howling and raging around his controversy, Folau seems the least incensed. A few years ago, he posted a bible verse on social media, and stated his agreement with it. The verse called homosexuality a sin. His employers brought the two sacraments of the liberal West to bear: lawyers and money. Last year Folau signed a $4 million contract to continue working as a professional rugby player, with the stipulation that he curtail his social media activities. A few weeks, to the apoplectic disbelief of the secular world, he did it again.

                  Personally, I have might have some issues with Folau’s behavior. If you disagree with the contract your employer presents to you, the time to state that disbelief is during negotiations. Jesus talked a little bit about making sure our “yes” means yes, and our “no” means no. I’m not sure I agree with signing a contract, and then intentionally violating it. On the other hand, I wasn’t present at the negotiations. I don’t know how they were handled. Here’s what I do know.

          Despite adherents’ confident assertions of its healthy state, the secular project is slowly dying. These rabid attempts to plug the leaks pushing through the glossy veneer are evidence of how fragile the situation truly is. Each of the three secular strongholds, Europe, Australia, and the US (although secularism has always faced a stiff challenge in the US) sit on the doorstep of massive, strongly religious and conservative populations, which are only becoming more so. Those populations are overflowing into their neighboring “tolerant” states. Religion on earth is on the rise. Each of the three western strongholds faces the fatal duplicity of liberal secularism, the desire to appear openly compassionate and accepting, while demanding ideological conformity. Israel’s case is framed in the picture of contract law, and indeed the place for him to have fought this battle was in contract negotiations. However, regardless of the wranglings and justifications, he took their money and then refused to dance. They will do their best to make him pay for revealing the sham.