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]

Previously
Charles Barkley Supports Gay Marriage, Slams ‘Fake’ GOP Christians [tr]

Comments

  1. ichabod says

    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…”

  2. says

    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.

  3. Wayne says

    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…

  4. yeahisaidit says

    …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?

  5. says

    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.

  6. Jack Scribe says

    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?

  7. David says

    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.

  8. Zeke says

    “…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.

  9. says

    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.

  10. says

    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.

  11. says

    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!

  12. says

    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?

  13. Jimmyboyo says

    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?

  14. Ben says

    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.

  15. Marco says

    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.

  16. Jeff says

    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.

  17. Garst says

    There is a difference between what the “Christians” were saying and what Barkley was saying. The Christians were being judge and jury saying that gay people shouldn’t marry and should be thrown in jail if they do. What Charles said was that Christians aren’t suppose to do that, then explained why he said it. He never once said what should happen to them, leaving what should be done about it to other people.

    So if Charles Barkley is forced to make a public appology, these “Christians” should also have to make a public appology for what they said. After all, what they have said is much more offensive to more people than what Barkley said.

  18. Cory says

    Huge respect for Charles. I appluad him in every way and wish more people (especially those with celebrity status) would speak the intelligence and common sense he displays. Religion is a cult, no matter if it’s Christianity or Scientology, but either way our politicans need to STOP mixing social policy and politics.

  19. the queen says

    fuck’em, fake x-tians indeed, let those bastards apologize for all their bullshit and all the hate, bigotry, murder, torture and other crimes hey have committed throughout the centuries…

  20. Richard S says

    Barkley has always been a lightning rod for media controversy. He always speaks his mind and has a white wife which He pisses a lot of uptight people off. And, since when do you need a degree from SMU to see the hypocrisy of all the “Goody Living-Rights” of this country. Shame on these hypocrits for even daring to ask for a retraction from Mr Barkley

  21. ian says

    tbh, barkley didn’t really verbalize himself very well, and christians should be allowed to uphold a perception of gay people based on their written texts.

    but if some christians (or any members of religious groups that use religious/ancient texts to prove a viewpoint) are too narrow-minded to even consider that their texts may be a little out of date when compared to recent science, then those individuals need to understand that based on my texts my perception is that they need to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

  22. Lucas says

    I hope he sticks to his guns and doesn’t apologize. In fact, I hope he comes back with some stinging remark to them.
    Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, my behind!

  23. Michael Bedwell says

    This is just an advanced form of the American Taliban’s latest strategy: try to defeat the opposition by accusing them of religious bigotry. “How DARE you suggest that our little no-necks shouldn’t be able to verbally and physically harass gay kids at school. How dare you call US out for our bigotry.” Blah blah blah.

    And this is one of the reasons I opposed Obama so much—because he suggests that this crap is somehow morally neutral because they wrap themselves in the Bible—that WE have some obligation to LISTEN to them, blah blah blah. Demagogues and fascists are no less demagogues and fascists just because they think God tells them to. Don’t tell me “marriage” is too “entangled” with religion, that THEY are the arbitors of who can have a civil right. Tell them, “keep your goddamn hands off of anyone’s CIVIL liberties! Your retarded ancestors used the Bible to justify enslaving my people. Obama don’t play that!”

    But, please do NOT underestimate their growing success with this tactic, as moral cowards are easily stampeded into agreeing with them, or, at least, not stopping them.

  24. Bill says

    Barkley should sue back.

    If I remember the clip correctly, he identified himself as Christian.

    They are thus defaming him by claiming he’s not a Christian.

    And it’s a frivolous lawsuit. Barkley should fight fire with fire. It’s the only way these Nazis will ever be flushed out of their dark holes.

  25. Bill says

    Barkley should sue back.

    If I remember the clip correctly, he identified himself as Christian.

    They are thus defaming him by claiming he’s not a Christian.

    And it’s a frivolous lawsuit. Barkley should fight fire with fire. It’s the only way these Nazis will ever be flushed out of their dark holes.

  26. mike says

    I hope Mr. Barkley does not back down and stands his ground. Charles Barkley has spoken before in favor of gays and lesbians and our right to marry. Amazing that another wing-nut starts some bogus “christian” group supposedly fighting to let “christians live their lives openly” (as if they don’t already shove it in our faces on a daily basis) and this wing-nut and his phony group will get primo media coverage. I say “Enough already!” It is time to fight back against these religious bigot assholes and fight back hard! We need to let Charles Barkley know that we support him and let this wing-nut and his phony group know that they won’t get away with their crybaby christian bullshit! How can we get a petition going to let Charles know we’re with him on this one?

  27. alejo699 says

    If I say, “I have no respect for lying checkout clerks(for example),” does that mean I think all checkout clerks lie? And do you assume, if you’re a checkout clerk, that I must be calling you a liar? Seems to me if you’re not a hypcritical bigot you have nothing to be offended by in Barkley’s comments.

  28. Frank says

    Bravo Mr. Barkley. You hit the nail on the head with your comments and it is no surprise as to the reaction from the CADC. Please do not back down and give in. Plenty of people in this world see you as a role model and something to aspire to become, don’t let them down by betraying your personal beliefs.

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