Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao After His Anti-Gay Outburst

Christian Persecution Alert!

Earlier in the week, we covered boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s comments that gay people were “worse than animals,” along with his subsequent apology. The apology was particularly poignant in that it came complete with an “I’m praying for you” to the LGBT community.

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I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.

Because nothing says “I’m sorry” like tacking on a “but you still suck” at the end. And even that apology took some time — Pacquiao’s initial response was to dial up the Jesus:

I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways. 1 Corinthians 6:9

“[9] Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”

God Bless everyone i love you all.

Somehow, though, neither the truth-telling prophet routine nor the *ahem* heartfelt plea for forgiveness persuaded the folks at Nike. (Shocking, I know).

Nike announced it has dropped Manny Pacquiao in the wake of the boxer’s controversial remarks where he said those in gay relationships “are worse than animals.”

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” Nike said Wednesday in a statement. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”

Which, of course, is where the persecution will no doubt enter the story (or before, if you ask the Blaze’s Matt Walsh — who was characteristically incensed that the “enforcers of Progressive Doctrine get their pound of flesh” … with a half-hearted apology). Because if the fight for same=sex marriage in the United States has taught us anything, it’s that depriving LGBT people of rights is nothing more than the free exercise of religion and that any and all repercussions for bigotry amount to persecution.

I’m sure it won’t be long before Pacquiao joins the hallowed ranks of Christian martyrs like Kim Davis and Phil Robertson, as soon as the Todd Starnes of the world pick up on this tragic tale of actions and consequences.

(via Think Progress. Image via catwalker / Shutterstock.com)

About Rachel Ford

Rachel Ford is a programmer, and since 8:00 to 5:00 doesn't provide enough opportunity to bask in screen glare, she writes in her spare time. She was raised a very fundamentalist Christian, but eventually "saw the light." Rachel's personal blog is Rachel's Hobbit Hole, where she discusses everything from Tolkien to state politics.


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