I’m a big sports fan. As a kid, I pitched in Little League baseball (I was a switch pitcher, being that I am ambidextrous). I also played in a youth ice hockey league where I played right wing. I was the #2 scorer and #1 in penalty minutes.
Later on, I played soccer in school, where I learned to kick soccer style years before it became popular in football. As a freshman in high school, I kicked a 42-yard field goal. At the same time, I was involved in riding saddle broncs and bull riding. Given the option of football or rodeo, I chose rodeo and competed for 3 ½ years. Yes, it is true that in bull riding, it’s not IF you will get hurt, but when and how severe. I ended up with partial tears of the MCL and ACL in both knees, a herniated disc in my lower back and arthritis in both thumbs.
Since then, I’ve enjoyed watching rodeo, especially bull riding where I judge each ride for myself, football, basketball, baseball and the Olympics. I earned by B.Sc. degree at Arizona State University, so I especially follow ASU and PAC12 sports. I even subscribe to the PAC12 channel so I can watch ASU and other conference games.
During this year’s NCAA basketball season, while watching various games on the PAC 12 channel, I’ve seen a series of commercials that I find to be extremely alarming. The commercial shows a variety of coaches and athletes from PAC 12 schools, all reciting the following dialog:
“I pledge – I pledge – I pledge – to treat everyone – to treat everyone with respect – and dignity – and dignity – I will not tolerate – tolerate discrimination – or harassment – of any kind – I will speak up – stand up – whenever I know – whenever I discrimination – discrimination is happening – and I will stand up – get up – rise up – rise up – for victims – take the pledge – take the pledge – take the pledge. At RisetoWin.ORG”
After watching this commercial a number of times, it dawned on me that the PAC12 conference was mandating that all of their coaches and athletes to be completely inclusive of everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or sexual practices, so went to the RisetoWin.ORG website. On their website, what I found confirmed my belief that this is a very left-wing socialist Democrat type organization that has infiltrated college athletics:
RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Through partnerships and programs, we inspire leaders in sports to create positive change on matters of race and equality.”
Okay, it specifies racial discrimination, but it’s easy to read between the lines that it also encompasses any form of discrimination including that involving discrimination against LGBTQ people. Note that in their commercial, they state:
“I will not tolerate – tolerate discrimination – or harassment – of any kind.” [emphasis mine]
So, what does a Christian athlete do when confronting people who are involved in a practice that God calls an abomination, Leviticus 18:22, and even said is worthy of death, Leviticus 20:13? God did not treat these people equally and as Christians, we shouldn’t either. We are to pray for them but we do not have to accept their sinful perversions or approve of them.
Another red flag is RisetoWin.ORG’s reference to social justice. Social justice is the politically correct term that replaced the once repulsive term of socialism. At the time the term social justice was coined, socialism was still something that most Americans would automatically reject, but hey, who doesn’t want social justice, so, the term was replaced with an easier one to sell.
It deeply saddens my heart to see how so many young adults (college athletes) are being subjected to this anti-God socialist agenda that is part of the effort to force Christians to violate their faith and thus help with the ugly and destructive transformation of America into a socialist nation, like Venezuela, Cuba and Russia.
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