CrossFit Exec Fired for Opposing LGBT Pride Month

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 12, 2018   

Termination result of tweets calling homosexual activity a sin

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A high-ranking employee for CrossFit was fired for opposing the gay agenda.

CrossFit Infiltrate, a gym in Indianapolis, announced that it was canceling an event connected with the Indy Pride Festival, the local celebration of LGBT Pride Month. An email from gym management to members explained that "the owners of the gym value health and wellness, and they believe that this event does not."

Russell Berger, a head trainer and company spokesman for CrossFit, lauded the cancelation on Twitter on June 6. According to Indianapolis' CBS affiliate WTTV, his now-deleted tweets thanked the gym for "standing by your convictions and refusing to celebrate sin by hosting an Indy Pride workout."

Berger also said on Twitter, "The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing." 

CrossFit fired Berger for his tweets. The company announced on Twitter on June 6, "The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated."

Church Militant reached out to Berger for comment, but he said he was not able to address members of the media at the time.

Berger explained his views on homosexuality in a statement to The Washington Post: "As a Christian, I believe everyone, myself included, is guilty of breaking our moral obligations to God and deserves punishment." 

His statement to the Post continues, "But by turning from our sin and trusting fully in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to our creator. I love those who the LGBTQ community represents, and want them to know Christ, and reveling in sin is a heartbreaking obstacle to that."

Berger also said, "I use the word 'sin' to describe pride events, and the sexual lifestyles associated with them, because that's what God's Word calls it, and I believe that God's Word is true."

He went on, "From the Christian perspective, the most hateful thing I could do for someone would be to lie to him or her about sin and our need for Christ, as unpopular as this may be in our culture today."

While not revoking his beliefs on homosexuality, Berger said he regretted the tweets and the controversy they caused: "My comments were imprudent, and I [put] my company in a difficult position, which I deeply regret."

I love those who the LGBTQ community represents, and want them to know Christ, and reveling in sin is a heartbreaking obstacle to that.

In other news, some social media users vented their anger when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted about getting a discount on food from Chick-fil-A. The restaurant chain is owned by Christians, a fact which often provokes the ire of leftists and LGBT activists.

Some Twitter users slammed Dorsey for eating Chick-fil-A. Starfish Media CEO Soledad O'Brien told him on Twitter, "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, Jack."

Dorsey replied, "You're right. Completely forgot about their background." 

Other Twitter users leaped on the bandwagon, with some people insulting Dorsey's intelligence and calling Chick-fil-A "hate chicken."

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