I am an avid sports fan. I love football (college and professional), hockey, soccer, and basketball (college only). As a Christian though, I have long been concerned about the status that we place on both the athletes and the owners/operators of these sporting organizations.
One of the most frequently discussed issues is that of hero worship. But increasingly, we find that these groups have seen themselves and their players as agents of social change. The speak to social concerns that are well beyond their field, court, or arenas.
This is happening once again in two states; Georgia and North Carolina respectively.
The Washington Times reports
The National Basketball Association is scheduled to hold its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, but after Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed a religious freedom bill into law, the league is having second thoughts.
“We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte,” the NBA said in a statement.
Likewise, in Georgia there is similar concern from similar laws.
The Times continues
Several companies, including Disney, Marvel and AMC, are threatening to stop filming projects in Georgia over a religious liberty bill that they say would sanction discrimination. The National Football League also said the law could affect Atlanta’s ability to host the Super Bowl down the road.
The question seems to be centered around the idea that these states do not have the right to make such choices for their own. These organizations, and it appears most of our country, have decided to place sexual deviance and psychosis in the same category as race and religion.
But, even if this were true, since when have we thought it wise to let athletes and entertainers decide our political or moral wisdom? And is this not what our Founders’ warned against when they warned us against democracy?
As I stated yesterday, we cannot allow these bullies to decide our morals or our policy.
If I were governor, I would suspend all their activity in my state and politely ask them to leave.