Hello and welcome to the podcast!
I dived into the Crossfit topic in my last podcast, listen to that podcast here.
-The first topic in discussion today is revisiting the Crossfit scandal that has already been swept under the rug, even in Christian circles. Russell Berger, the Crossfit marketing executive that was fired for his personal views on homosexual marriage, recently did an interview with Apologia Radio. I thought he was very intelligent and well thought out in this interview and it made me respect this man even more. He might get into different things that you may or may not agree with, but I actually found myself agreeing with all of his viewpoints.
The following excerpt was taken from www.faithwire.com:
“I think my comments were imprudent, and I think that it was unwise for me to use the platform that I have and largely use to act as a spokesperson for CrossFit Inc, to express my personal views,” Berger explained. “I put my company in a position that I wish I hadn’t. I put them in a position where they felt they had to weigh in on something that they otherwise wouldn’t have and I regret that. I think it distracts them from their mission and takes away time and energy and resources from making people fitter and healthier which is what they should be doing. I regret that,” he said.
I happen to agree with Russell here. I completely agree with his views on homosexual marriage and I commend him for standing for his beliefs as we will see later in the interview. But as an executive at a secular company who happens to stand strongly for LGBTQ rights, I can see why going against their social causes will lead to friction within the company. If he was just a personal trainer within the company, I think that this view would be changed, but he was a public figure for Crossfit.
What I found to be most impressive about this interview was his warning for us Christians that hold the same “orthodox” views as he does.
“It’s a really powerful and important lesson that all Christians should be aware of. This is a very common and very effective strategy that’s being employed by a certain segment of the LGBTQ community in terms of basically silencing any view that disagrees with their beliefs,” he warned. “You just need to be aware of that and be prepared for that should you make the decision to weigh in on a subject like I did. You have to understand that the pressure will be applied to you, but it will also be applied to your employer, it will also be applied to your family members, it will be applied anywhere where those who are outraged by what you said think they can harm you. And that’s just the reality of the situation unfortunately.”
I am hoping that he can find another job soon. I do think, however, with the social media LGBTQ mob, he will have a hard time finding a position within the coming months. We constantly see various companies bowing down to the social mob that destroys their social reputations. Who knows, maybe he will show up at Chik-Fil-A or Hobby Lobby.
-The second article I discuss today is the virus that is the Vatican. There is so many sick details in the article that I discovered from www.foxnews.com that I will not talk about it on this blog. I do, however, discuss it in full detail on my podcast and discuss the Catholic Church as a whole.