Skip to comments.Group Won't Verify Claim Over 20,000 Christians Want ESPN to Suspend Broussard for 'Gay Bashing'
Posted on 05/02/2013 7:16:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Faithful America refused on Thursday to verify a claim that it had collected signatures from more than 20,000 Christians petitioning ESPN to suspend sports analyst Chris Broussard for what they feel are "hateful" comments towards NBA player Jason Collins who recently revealed he is gay.
Collins announced in a Sports Illustrated article on Monday that he was a gay man who took his faith in Jesus Christ seriously.
In a later interview on ESPN's "Outside the Lines"show, however, Broussard who is a practicing Christian said Collins' position was inconsistent with biblical teachings.
"Personally, I don't believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you are living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that's a sin," said Broussard on the show. "If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ."
Faithful America, which promotes itself as an organization dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice, took issue with Broussard's comments which renowned theologian John Piper had praised as "solid steel."
"Chris Broussard's comments on Monday were really a hateful attack on Jason Collins and a profound misrepresentation of the compassionate teachings of Jesus Christ," said Faithful America's executive director, Michael Sherrard, in an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday.
"This is not how Christians who live in community and love one another as called by the Gospel of Jesus Christ are to behave towards one another," he added.
When asked if he could provide CP with information that could verify that he indeed had the signatures of 20,000+ practicing Christians calling for Broussard's suspension, he said: "We do not provide personal information especially to members of the media."
Sherrard, nevertheless, tried to expound on his opposition to the sports analyst's comments. "For ESPN to elevate Chris Broussard who is, let's remember, a sportscaster and not a pastor in the position of passing judgment on Jason Collins' faith is a profound abuse and exploitation of the church and of Christians and it's unfair to the millions of American Christians who are sick and tired of their faith being framed in the public point of view as being a hateful weapon to wield against gay and lesbian people," he stressed.
When CP asked Sherrard what specifically was hateful about Broussard's comments, he responded: "Well I think the comments speak for themselves."
When asked which biblical scriptures were misrepresented in Broussard's response to Collins paused before responding: "Describing the decision to come out, describing Jason Collins' decision to come out and describing Jason Collins' decision to ground that coming out and that acceptance of himself as being grounded in his Christian faith, to describe that as 'openly living in unrepentant sin' and to say that 'I would not characterize that person as a Christian' I would say is a profound misrepresentation of Christian Scripture." Sherrard, who declined to verify whether or not he is a practicing Christian, is based in Washington, D.C. Faithful America was founded in 2004 and claims to have 210,000 members.
According to his Facebook page, he has also worked for Moveon.org which was started in 1998 to oppose the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton. Moveon.org is also a powerful fundraising machine for Democratic Party candidates.
I don’t know why they screw around with a piddly 20,000 when 90% is a nice round number to claim.
That’s because its BS. By the way, you can’t count Universalist Unitarians as actual Christians.
I call it BS too. My parish resides in an super blue city and these so-called Christian homos NEVER show up unless it’s Gay Week. Other than Gay week, they are nowhere to be seen. To them, being a fudgepacker is more important than being a Christian.
The international church of whatever.
What is gay week?
Claim Christians "won't verify" should tell you something.
Real Christians are always happy to be honest and upfront about what they believe, thus Chris Broussard's quoting his Christian beliefs! When anyone claims Christians won't verify, don't believe that is coming from real Christians.
Gay week, in church?
According to the online Discover the Networks, Faithful America gets funding from the leftist Soros, along with organizations with sometimes-extreme perspectives such as Amnesty International, the Brennan Center for Justice, Campaign for Better Health Care, which favors a universal government program, the pro-abortion Catholics for Choice, Center for Reproductive Rights, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Democracy Alliance, Earthjustice, EMILYs List, and others.
Faithful America is described as an organization that promotes the redistribution of wealth, an end to enhanced interrogation procedures vis a vis prisoners-of-war, the enactment of policies to combat global warming, and the creation of a government-run health care system.
The National Catholic Reporter reported the founders of Faithful America include Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello and Tom Pravda, and called it the online political organizing effort of the National Council of Churches.
It publicizes statements from itself telling, for example, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, how he should run his archdiocese.
Yeah, I’m in Hollywood. Happens one time a year and the fags go nuts at mass, making lots of noise, talking over the Gospel etc. When it’s NOT gay week, these ass clowns are nowhere to be found.
Avaaz is a global civic organization launched in January 2007 that promotes activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict. Its stated mission is to “close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want”. The organization operates in 15 languages, and states that it has more than twenty million members in 194 countries. According to The Guardian: Avaaz is only five years old, but has exploded to become the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.
Avaaz.org was co-founded by Res Publica, a “community of public sector professionals dedicated to promoting good governance, civic virtue and deliberative democracy”, and MoveOn.org, an American non-profit progressive public policy advocacy group. It was also supported by Service Employees International Union, a founding partner, and GetUp!, an Australian non-profit campaigning organization.
Avaaz’s individual co-founders include Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda, former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser, Australian progressive entrepreneur David Madden, Jeremy Heimans (co-founders of Purpose.com), and Andrea Woodhouse. The board consists of Ricken Patel (president), Tom Pravda (secretary), Eli Pariser (board chairman), and Ben Brandzel (treasurer).
Avaaz’s founding President and Executive Director is the Canadian-British Ricken Patel. He studied PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics) at Balliol College, Oxford University. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. He worked for the International Crisis Group around the world, including in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan and Afghanistan, where he says “he learnt how to bring rebel forces to the negotiation table, to monitor elections (covertly), to restore public faith in once corrupt political systems and to spot when foreign forces were being manipulated.” He returned to the US and volunteered for MoveOn.org, where he learned how to use online tools for activism.
Amazing. Doesn’t happen here where Hollywood films movies like Ironman.
Collinss girlfriend of seven years, former WNBA player Carolyn Moos, says she had no idea he was gay. Maybe he’s gay like Anne Heche.
Personally, I think this is a fading mediocrity looking for one more big score who thinks he can get it by proclaiming himself to be gay (since in PC World, gays are the cool people, after all) and if it doesnt work, he can sue someone and make about as much as hed make on a new contract.
Why don’t the parishioners escort them out?
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From the article:
"Faithful America, which promotes itself as an organization dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice."
Only thing on its home page is the ESPN petition.
On Faithful America's DONATE page
"help take on right-wing extremism and reclaim Christianity as a force for social and economic justice."
Faithful America's executive director is Michael Sherrard,
From the article:
"Sherrard, who declined to verify whether or not he is a practicing Christian, is based in Washington, D.C. Faithful America was founded in 2004 and claims to have 210,000 members.
"According to his Facebook page, he has also worked for Moveon.org which was started in 1998 to oppose the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton. Moveon.org is also a powerful fundraising machine for Democratic Party candidates."
"Michael Sherrard, from the liberal group Faithful America, "urged supporters in a MoveOn.org email to sign a petition that calls on ESPN to discipline Broussard.
MoveOn petition urges ESPN to suspend Chris Broussard
A faith organization that gets money from Open Society founder and left-leaning 1 percenter George Soros says it doesnt want chaplains to participate in a prayer meeting.
The organization called Faithful America has launched an online petition discouraging the official chaplains of the U.S. House and the Senate from praying at this weekends Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.
Soros' group tells chaplains to boycott prayer *****************************
"Tim Tebow, don't speak at Liberty University"
By Michael Sherrard, Faithful America
To be delivered to: Tim Tebow
"Tim Tebow, please cancel your plans to appear at Liberty University. Associating with anti-gay hatred is no way to share your Christian faith."
CREDO Action, SumofUs.org & Faithful America Deliver Petitions to HarperCollins Signed by Over 80,000 People:
Res Publica: A Public Works Project
By Joe Feuerherd
"Who are those guys?"
It's a question some in the progressive political community, and a few observant politically active conservative Christians, are asking about Tom Perriello, Ricken Patel and Tom Pravda. Collectively the three make up Res Publica (Latin for "public works"), a New York-based "public entrepreneurship fellowship."
....a pretty high-falootin [sic] moniker for any organization, even one made up of two Ivy League alums (Perriello, Yale Law School, Patel, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government) and an Oxford grad (Pravda got his degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College.) But then again, the three thirtiesh social entrepreneurs have high ambitions.
In 2003, the three decided to focus on developing the political and communications infrastructure of the religious left. "The public debate in the U.S. was the most important moral debate going on in the world," recalled Perriello. "We saw what seemed to be a resurgent progressive religious voice in America, but we weren't hearing the arguments for global community and the common good being made."
So they started making them. Working behind the scenes, and with the support of Riverside Church's senior minister James Forbes, the three friends played an instrumental role in:
Excellent posts! See post 16. Looks like I should have checked back with the thread while I was researching to see what was being posted. lol!
What a vipers nest this is. I think we have just scratched the surface with this anti-Christian conglomerate.
Of course, it can’t be any other way with them. Christianity must be in service to and subordinate to the STATE. Any church who isn’t will be labeled “extremist.”
Tells me all I need to know about Mr. Sherrard.
Matthew 10:32-33 - "Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
MICHAEL SHERRARD EXPOSED
MICHAEL SHERRARD IS A POLITICAL ACTIVIST. MICHAEL SHERRARD CALLS HIMSELF A RADICAL SUBVERSIVE AND IS A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES. ONCE ASSOCIATED WITH HOWARD DEAN, NOW WITH SIMON ROSENBERG.
Michael Sherrard is the online organizer for Sojourners/Call to Renewal. For more about the Employee Free Choice Act, check out Kim Bobos article, “Justice at Work,” in the July issue of Sojourners, or visit American Rights at Work on the Web.