Crossfit, a major fitness company known for intense workouts, just fired a top trainer and spokesperson for the company because he called the LGBT lifestyle "sin."
After a Crossfit gym cancelled an event that coincided with an LGBT pride event in Indianapolis, Russel Berger tweeted a thank you to the gym from his personal account for “standing by your convictions and refusing to celebrate sin by hosting an @indypride workout.” “The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing,” he added in a since deleted tweet.
Crossfit quickly fired Berger, assuring the LGBT community that they in no way condoned his opinion. Naturally, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis applauded CrossFit for its “swift action," saying they sent "a message that accelerating acceptance matters."
But Berger says that the LGBT community does the opposite of accepting opposing views. “The tactics of some in the LGBTQ movement toward dissent is an existential threat to freedom of expression,” Berger tweeted. “The lack of tolerance for disagreement, which has been replaced with bullying Twitter mobs promising ‘consequences’ should be a concern regardless of your political stance.”
Franklin Graham, the ever-faithful beacon of strength for Christian liberties, called out the fitness company on his Facebook and applauded Berger.
"The fitness company CrossFit fired Russell Berger because he expressed his personal views about LGBTQ lifestyle being sin," wrote Graham. "When asked to explain his comments, Russell said, 'I use the word ‘sin’ to describe pride events, and the sexual lifestyles associated with them, because that’s what God’s Word calls it, and I believe that God’s Word is true.'"
"Russell is right," Graham continued, "and he had a great response to the Washington Post. He said, 'As a Christian, I believe everyone, myself included, is guilty of breaking our moral obligations to God and deserves punishment. But by turning from our sin and trusting fully in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to our creator. I love those who the LGBTQ community represents, and want them to know Christ, and reveling in sin is a heartbreaking obstacle to that.'"
"I’m proud of Russell for being bold and standing on God’s Word, no matter the cost. That takes guts. Join me in praying for him. As Christians, we all need to love people enough to tell them the truth," concluded Graham.
Berger has since apologized for the putting Crossfit in an uncomfortable position, shares the Washington Post. “My comments where imprudent, and I drug my company in a difficult position, which I deeply regret,” he said. “I am particularly saddened for my employer and coworkers, who do incredible and life-changing work for millions of people, and are now forced to respond with their time and resources to this ordeal.”
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