Charles Barkley blasts the Christian Right, calling them “fake Christians”
NBA great Charles Barkley said what surely millions of people have been thinking for a long time: the Christian Right is rife with fake Christianity. This group is known for being one that claims righteousness in the word Christ, but they have shown themselves to be unChristian time and time again, primarily by passing judgment on anyone who doesn’t live the way that they want them to. While I can be a more forgiving on the topic of abortion as they see it as murder (though I am nevertheless unimpressed by arguments that I have heard on their side), their castigation of gays, feminists, Muslims, secularists, and so on is anything but Christian. Barkley had the following to say on the matter:
After speaking respectfully of Senator John McCain, Barkley said that he doesn’t like “the way that the Republicans are taking this country. Every time I hear the word conservative it makes me sick to my stomach, cause they’re really just fake Christians, as I call them. That’s all they are. I’m going to vote Democratic no matter what.”
Barkley then went on to say that he plans to run for Governor of Alabama in 2014, which is the earliest that he can run given that he just moved there in 2007 and must be a resident of the state for 7 years prior to seeking election.
Before wrapping up the interview, host Wolf Blitzer asked Barkley to clarify what he meant by “fake Christians”.
Barkley responded as follows:
BARKLEY: Well, 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.
WOLF BLITZER: But you can’t lump all these conservatives as being fake. A lot of them obviously — most of them are very, very sincere in their religious beliefs.
BARKLEY: Well, 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. ”
I was very happy to hear these words come from Mr. Barkley. Though I can’t help but speculate that they will come back to haunt him during his planned campaign for Governor of Alabama in 2014. Nevertheless, I respectfully tip my hat to Barkley.
The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission was quick to respond:
[Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO:] “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.”
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