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Charles Barkley Accused of Irrational, Anti-Christian Bigotry

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission is calling on former pro basketball star Charles Barkley to apologize for comments he made to Wolf Blitzer regarding "fake Christians."

Said Barkley: "I think they -- they want to be judge and jury. Like, I'm for gay marriage. It's none of my business if gay people want to get married. I'm pro-choice. And I think these Christians -- first of all, they're supposed to be -- they're not supposed to judge other people. But they're the most hypocritical judge of people we have in this country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like their Christians. And they're not forgiving at all...they should read the part about they're not supposed to judge other people. They forget that one when it doesn't fit what they want it to say."

Said Chairman and CEO of the CADC Dr. Gary Cass: "We respect Barkley as an expert on basketball, but he is obviously not an expert on Christian moral theology. The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission calls on Barkley to apologize for his hateful remarks. We are hopeful that he will do the right thing. For Barkley to think that Christians cannot have an opinion about matters of public policy and personal morality is astonishing. Jesus forbids judging by hypocritical double standards, but he requires Christians to make just and sound judgments everyday according to biblical precepts. Ironically, Barkley engaged in the very activity of judging others that he condemned in conservatives. Barkley's words reveal an unfortunate, irrational anti-Christian bigotry."

Group Calls for Apology from Charles Barkley for Anti-Christian Remarks [earned media]

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  1. The truth always hurts.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Feb 19, 2008 11:05:59 AM

  2. In other words, can't hate the haters.

    Posted by: rascal | Feb 19, 2008 11:07:37 AM

  3. Don't do it, Charles. You spoke the truth and these hypocrites can't handle it. If anyone is espousing Christian values (i.e. compassion), it's you, sir. "Do unto others..."

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 19, 2008 11:08:26 AM

  4. It's not irrational, hateful or defaming to criticize the viewpoint of people who believe in omniscient unseen deities. It's good sense, Well done for calling them on their shit, Mr. Barkley.

    Notice how quick they are to protest a mere criticism (it's not even an attack). Thin skinned, these fundamentalists. But then all bullies are.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Feb 19, 2008 11:15:42 AM

  5. I saw this live on CNN and I was totally impressed with Charles and his commentary. And he got it exactly right.

    Posted by: Brandon | Feb 19, 2008 11:15:50 AM

  6. so he needs to apologize for calling them "fake", but they have every right to judge us and refuse to offer equal rights to us because they don't agree with who we are. Hello Pot, meet Kettle...

    Posted by: Wayne | Feb 19, 2008 11:19:12 AM

  7. ...why do you have to be an expert to say how you feel or what you think? ...and why did the CADC take offense? if they are NOT "fake christians" then Barkley's statements weren't about them or their constituents were they?

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Feb 19, 2008 11:30:40 AM

  8. irrational fear of christians? you mean those people who have waged war since the birth of civilization?
    those people who indoctrinate children?
    those people who pick and choose morality to suit their needs and their desire to maintain power?
    yeah. that's irrational all right.

    Posted by: jeremy | Feb 19, 2008 11:31:21 AM

  9. Barkley was completely within his rights. People like those part of CADC make me sick.

    Posted by: Freddie | Feb 19, 2008 11:32:06 AM

  10. My admiration for Charles Barkley went up 200% What does the CADC (whoever the f**k they are) say about the "Reverand" Fred Phelps and his lovely daughter?

    Posted by: Jack Scribe | Feb 19, 2008 11:32:46 AM

  11. Religion is still the great taboo in this country. No one is allowed to criticize religion, and if someone does, apologies are demanded immediately.

    But religious men and women are quick to criticize gays and lesbians, call us immoral and a threat to the American family. It's like the bully on the playground that cries when someone throws a stone at him. If you're going to dish it out, you're going to have to learn to take it. It's nice to see more and more high profile men and women giving it right back to those religion-ites.

    Posted by: David | Feb 19, 2008 11:37:14 AM

  12. Oh, jesus.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 19, 2008 11:37:25 AM

  13. "...but (Jesus) requires Christians to make just and sound judgments everyday according to biblical precepts..."

    Excuse me Mr. Cass, could you please point me to the Gospel, chapter and verse where Jesus said anything about making judgments according to biblical precepts?

    He actually spoke out against "biblical precepts" from the Hebrew scriptures that were legalistic, oppressive and used by religious leaders to control the masses. Jesus commanded that we NOT judge. He also commanded that we love our fellow humans, love our enemies, do good to those who despise us and support and uplift those who are oppressed.

    This jerk is EXACTLY the type of fake Christian that Barkley was referring to. A typical judgementalist who will spend tens of thousands of dollars on media ads to "defend the faith" before spending one dime to feed the hungry, clothe the naked or help the poor.

    Posted by: Zeke | Feb 19, 2008 11:39:12 AM

  14. The Truth hurts -- and Charles Barkley knows the Truth. "Judge not lest ye be judged," is one of the most important parts of Christ's teachings -- and it's the part these so-called "Christians" invariably ignore. Remember "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" ? Well these bozos ignore thir own sins and invest in rock quarries.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 19, 2008 11:39:39 AM

  15. The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.... what a bunch of cocksuckers.

    Posted by: vinny | Feb 19, 2008 11:40:49 AM

  16. I understand that Charles Barkley is a Christian. I'm a Christian and I agree with him completely. Who is this Dr. Cass fellow? He presumes to speak for all Christians yet he doesn't speak for me. I hope Barkley continues to speak truth to power.

    Posted by: sam | Feb 19, 2008 12:08:12 PM

  17. Underneath all that fire and brimstone, the poor Christians are just sooooo sensitive. I can't find anything in his statement that even remotely requires an apology, but I'm sure all the right-wing hosts won't let up till they get one. Don't cave in to ignorance, Charles!

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 19, 2008 12:13:51 PM

  18. I'm consistently amazed at how those "Christian" lobbyist groups fail to understand the English language.

    Nothing Barkley said was offensive at all to anyone. It's not like he called them a derogatory name or anything. He just called it like he saw it. They judge people, which is true. And what I think is best about his point is that he didn't bring up morality at all, they did. He said a Christian shouldn't care about gay marriage or abortion because that's judging a society that does not believe in your religion. They do not have to meet your standards because they don't believe what you believe!

    But as usual, they fail to understand English. After you've said something to someone over and over again and they respond the same way over and over again, when can you officially call them crazy?

    Posted by: junior | Feb 19, 2008 12:21:20 PM

  19. Fuck them!

    "Talk bad about us and we want an apology. We, however, get to say whatever we want in the name of our God and it's ok, you should listen."


    Posted by: Jake | Feb 19, 2008 12:22:51 PM

  20. The Great God EROS is pissed at all of you heretics.

    EROS the parton god of male love

    In Hesiod's Theogony, the most famous Greek creation myth, Eros sprang forth from the primordial Chaos together with Gaia, the Earth, and Tartarus, the underworld

    Shameful heretics and apostates one and all. BOW to EROS one of the first born from out of chaos.


    Why do gay guys even try to get respectability from a cult that has never and will never give it to you?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 19, 2008 12:23:24 PM

  21. Momma always said the guilty always speak loudest. The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission sounds like they are feeling pretty guilty. As has been said. The truth really does hurt.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 19, 2008 12:25:37 PM

  22. If their Sky Fairie is so great, why aren't they asking its intercession instead of some basketball player and television network?

    Oh that's right - it's nothing to do with the God meme and everything to do with positioning tactics for fundraising.

    Posted by: Ben | Feb 19, 2008 12:33:44 PM

  23. I thought God was all mighty and powerful? Why do Christians always act like he has a glass jaw? If there was a God, and God knows there isn't, I am sure he could give two shits about what Charles or anyone else thinks.

    Posted by: Marco | Feb 19, 2008 12:34:04 PM

  24. Go Chuck!

    The battle lines are being redrawn a bit.

    The conservative line on gayness is not so much anymore: "You have chosen to be gay". Now most of them are more likely to say, "Okay, maybe you didn't choose to BE gay, but you certainly choose to DO gay, and that's sinful. So either marry correctly or never have sex again!" As if!

    But the point is, it's ridiculous that in light of this new method of judgement they still fail to piece together that their faith is, at best, a conscious choice they made. A common, stupid conscious choice.

    And if they'll admit that we didn't choose to be gay, then they agree that our sexuality is more deeply ingrained in us than their faith is in them. In short, we are more gay than they are Christian. And as such, we deserve equal protection, recognition, and benefits across the board.

    It's already a federal hate crime to beat up a Christian because of his faith, his learned, conscious choice faith. To not expand that protection to the realm of sexuality, a much more ingrained attribute, is hypocritically judgemental, which the CADC is happy to point out is against the will of God.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 19, 2008 1:19:50 PM

  25. Way to go Charles!!
    These religious nuts are just a bunch of followers, not leaders. not very bright either!!

    Posted by: paul | Feb 19, 2008 1:22:51 PM

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