Manny Pacquiao likens homosexuality to ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ in wake of Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriageBottom Highlights, Breaking News Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Acclaimed boxer Manny Pacquiao is facing heat after he likened homosexuals and same-sex marriage to that of the biblically-damned Sodom and Gomorrah. The Nike spokesman went on to explain that it’s “God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.” Pacquiao’s comments follow closely on the heels of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage announced this week.
The Courage Campaign has initiated a petition to remove Pacquiao as Nike spokesperson.
“He has lost many fans, unfortunately, and gained many critics.” said Anna Leah Sarabia, anthropologist and gender and development specialist. “He is trying to make up for lack of knowledge on social issues by being self-righteous and quoting the Bible out of context, and parroting the brainless statements of homophobic and misogynist priests and politicians.”
Danton Remoto, chair of the Ladlad LGBT political party, also told the Inquirer: “Like Miriam Quiambao, Pacquiao speaks with the zeal of the newly converted about things he knows nothing about. His reading of Christian teachings is narrow-minded, bigoted and, I am sorry to say, ignorant.”
The New Civil Rights Movement has dismissed much of the original interview at the Examiner citing poor writing and bad journalism skills that misinterpreted the boxer’s words. Last year, Pacquiano partnered with Cat Power and Giovanni Ribisi in a music video in which proceeds benefited LGBT youth.
According to Pacquiano’s official statement, the boxer does not believe the gay community deserves death as the original article in the Examiner quoted:
Manny Pacquiao has never stated that anyone in the Gay Community deserved death.
His statements were taken out of context, and were not his opinion.
Pacquiao is simply against the marriage of anyone that is not Man and Woman as he believes is stated in theBible.
“I didn’t say that, that’s a lie… I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet,” he said.
Pacquiao does not now and has never believed that people deserve death because of their sexual orientation.
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