The world of sports has always been one of the major battlefields on which the culture wars are fought, and this year has certainly been no different.
As many athletes and league managers climb on the Black Lives Matter movement bandwagon without pausing to consider what, exactly, they’re supporting by doing so, those athletes and coaches who object to the radical ideology behind BLM’s narratives find themselves the victim of vicious bullying.
On Friday, sports journalist Jason Whitlock shared with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that in his opinion, there is “no question” that Christians involved in atheltics are being singled out as they discussed recent controversy involving now-former Illinois State football coach Kurt Beathard.
A targeted attack from activists led to Beathards ultimately losing his job after he replaced a “Black Lives Matter’ sign on his office door with one that read “All Lives Matter to Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ,” BizPac Review reports.
“This has been the intent of Black Lives Matter from the very beginning,” Whitlock, a columnist for Outkick, noted.
“We’re seeing it reshaped right before our eyes, the hostility towards Christianity is overtaking the sports world and Kurt Beathard’s paying the price,” he continued.
“If you want to usher in immorality, you have to usher out God and that’s what’s happening in America. It’s a calculated, it’s not an organic, deal. This has been underway for years,” he said.
“In what society does an employer, looking at his employee that lost his wife and his nephew in the past few months, fires the guy, removes him from his job because he expresses his Christian faith and does something objectionable to what is popular?” Whitlock said of Beathard.
“What Illinois State has done is immoral.”
Ingraham then pointed out that this degree of discrimination could even be considered illegal.
“I imagine the coach has a strong claim, a religious bias claim. If they get any state funding, they’re in trouble. I hope he has a good lawyer,” she said.
Beathard, for his part, told Outkick at the time that he had not left willingly.
“I never quit,” he said. “I did not quit that job.”
“I don’t like the way this has to be,” Beathard said. “I don’t like that you can’t have a different opinion than someone else. But I wouldn’t change (what I did). I’m not going to deny Jesus. If you deny Jesus, He’ll deny you. It’s written in the Bible, multiple times. I’m not going to back down on that one.”
Whitlock offered the grim prediction that the next “biggest target” for the BLM movement could be Clemson head football coach, Dabo Swinney.
“He’s a very traditional faith-based coach right in line with Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Vince Lombardi with the Packers, Joe Gibbs with the Washington Redskins,” he explained, and that Swinney is simply “the next iteration of that.”
“He wears his faith on his sleeve and they’re going to eventually have a problem,” he said. He noted to the team’s success as they practiced “from a faith-based point of view and perspective.”
“He will eventually come under attack,” Whitlock concluded.
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