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Journo Takes Blame For Using Scripture To Describe Boxer Manny Pacquiao's Anti-Gay Politics

MannyPManny Pacquiao came under heavy fire yesterday after journalist Granville Ampong's profile of the Filipino boxer revealed his anti-gay marriage politics. Now Ampong is claiming "biased" reporters twisted the facts to smear the athlete, particularly the detail that Pacquiao cited Leviticus to back his homophobic comments.

According to Ampong, it was in fact he who included the Biblical text.

In Granville Ampong’s article, the fighting congressman-preacher voiced his opposition against homosexual union, but what irked the gay community the most was the Bible verse allegedly quoted by Pacquiao.

The verse, which came from Leviticus 20:13, says: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."

Ampong clarified that Pacquiao was not quoted saying the verse, nor did the boxer invoke it during their interview.
Ampong said he merely used the verse to remind “how God made it clear in the Old Testament time that such practice of same-sex marriage is detestable and strictly forbidden.”

Ampong specificically called out Tom Weir from USA Today and Dennis Romero from LA Weekly for twisting the facts, which, as I see it, prove that the journalist is just as homophobic as Ampong.

"I hereby demand both Weir and Romero to apologize to Pacquiao," the reporter said.

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  1. If the journalist was the one who put words in Pacquiao's mouth why in the hell he's demanding and apology to Pacquiao from those two guys from LA Weekly and USA Today? My common sense says that HE'S the one who must apologize to those two TRUE journalists. And I'm pretty sure the boxer himself is fuming because he never vocalized those Bible scriptures (a fact that Ampong clearly accepts exposing his own homophobia). Not that Pacquiao opposition to marriage equality is fine.

    I seen everything in my life but this episode is pretty clear new and nuts to me. Sheesh!

    Posted by: Beto | May 16, 2012 9:33:35 AM

  2. i wonder how many abominations he's committing by wearing clothing of mixed fabric, and i certainly hope additional abominations aren't being committed by eating shellfish

    Posted by: t | May 16, 2012 9:35:12 AM

  3. Sounds like Ampong needs to lose his job. And if Manny ran his homophobic mouth in front of a reporter he's entitled to all the heat he gets.

    Posted by: DanielBerryNYC | May 16, 2012 9:38:01 AM

  4. Thıs Ampong guy ıs a complete moron. Hıs wrıtıng style ıs almost unreadable but as Beto says he ıs the one who put the words ın Pacquıaos quote and now he wants other wrıters to apologıze for relyıng on hıs crappy reportıng! I suffered through readıng hıs word vomıt that he calls an artıcle and ıt ıs very clear he put the bıblıcal quote ınto mannys mouth

    Posted by: brıan | May 16, 2012 9:43:13 AM

  5. I call bullpucky!

    Posted by: kenn | May 16, 2012 10:12:57 AM

  6. The story out now is that Manny gets nude massages from gay men, that he hires only gay men to give him nude massages. Take from that what you will.

    Posted by: Francis | May 16, 2012 10:35:04 AM

  7. It doesn't matter if he recited the bible verse or not; if he referenced he should be asked how he picks and chooses which parts he agrees with or not.

    In fact any fucktard who brings up leviticus should be asked if they support criminalization and the death penalty for gays. And how they decided which parts of the bible to ignore.

    Posted by: HkFca | May 16, 2012 10:43:48 AM

  8. Anyone who quotes Leviticus should have to have read the whole book of Leviticus at least once, pretty much we all would be stoned. And what BBQ with all of those animal sacrifices...

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | May 16, 2012 10:57:21 AM

  9. And today, in Orwellian press-releases, Filipino-style...

    Could someone, ANYONE, puleeeze call, Bullshiz on these people already???

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | May 16, 2012 10:59:46 AM

  10. Nike and HP will extend his endorsement contracts for another five years.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | May 16, 2012 11:14:17 AM

  11. From Yahoo:

    The prejudiced pugilist attempted to defend his position with media in the Philippines.

    “I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God,” he told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo. “I’m not against gay people…I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God.”

    Posted by: Lucas | May 16, 2012 11:14:33 AM

  12. Interesting cause Think Progress reports and I did check the source as well that Manny PAcquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz says:

    "Manny was asked about same-sex marriages and he quoted a verse from the Bible to drive home a point. He did not wish ill will on anybody," Koncz told boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz in an abs-cbnNEWS.com report, May 16.

    So which verse from the Bible WAS he quoting ?

    Posted by: MCnNYC | May 16, 2012 1:31:35 PM

  13. I despise the word journo. Is journalist too hard to type?

    Posted by: Rob | May 16, 2012 3:57:24 PM

  14. Well then, Ampong's an idiot, too.

    @Francis: you made that up, gurl! Where's the story? Give us a link pleeeease!

    Posted by: jim | May 16, 2012 5:27:32 PM

  15. A pox on all their houses.

    Posted by: Randy | May 16, 2012 5:59:18 PM

  16. He made a statement of his opinion.

    Someone wrote an article about it, and in the same article included the Leviticus verse.

    Some retarded American read that article, and proceeded to write about how Pacquiao wants gays dead.

    Clusterfuck ensues, thanks to irresponsible sensationalist journalism.

    Posted by: LOL | May 17, 2012 7:54:36 PM

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