Former NBA star and TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley attacked Christian conservatives Friday on CNN’s The Situation Room news show, referring to them as “fake Christians” and “hypocritical” people. Barkley has endorsed Barack Obama and has a problem with conservative Republican stances against abortion and homosexual marriage. He repeatedly told CNN anchorman Wolf Blitzer “I’m pro-choice” and “I’m for gay marriage.”
Conservative radio talk show host Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is calling on Barkley to apologize for his bigoted remarks or face pressure for TNT to suspend him. “If a white conservative Republican commentator called liberal Christians who support Obama and Hillary ‘fake Christians’ he would be publicly repudiated by the liberal press,” said Rev. Peterson. “Barkley is getting a pass because he’s a black liberal Democrat attacking Christian conservatives. The man is a bigot and has no moral character. He should apologize for his remarks.”
“Charles Barkley revealed an unfortunate lack of understanding of the Bible and Christian morality by attacking pro-life and pro-family conservatives as ‘fake Christians,'” said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti- Defamation Commission. “Barkley rips one phrase of the Bible from its context, and then asserts that anyone who is opposed to abortion or gay marriage is a ‘fake Christian.'”
Dr. Cass continues, “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.”
Former NBA great Charles Barkley made his remarks in an interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. The remarks have been posted on the Drudge Report. When Blitzer asked Barkley to clarify his remarks, Barkley made it clear that he did not misspeak. According to Barkley anyone who judges another person’s actions is wrong.
“For Barkley to think that Christians cannot have an opinion about matters of public policy and personal morality is astonishing,” said Cass. “Jesus forbids judging by hypocritical double standards, but he requires Christians to make just and sound judgments everyday according to biblical precepts. Ironically, Barkley engaged in the very activity of judging others that he condemned in conservatives. Barkley’s words reveal an unfortunate, irrational anti- Christian bigotry.”
Since the early 90’s Barkley has had a checkered record. In two separate incidents he was reportedly arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly throwing one man through a plate-glass window and breaking another man’s nose. In 1991 he allegedly spat on a young girl in New Jersey while trying to go after a heckler. He’s also been caught on tape saying, “I hate white people.”
“I can think of at least four white public figures that have been fired or suspended for comments deemed offensive to blacks including: Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.); shock jock Don Imus; Dune “DOG” Chapman; and The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman. Despite making public apologies, all these people were mercilessly hounded and excoriated by the liberal press. So, where’s the demand for an apology and suspension of Barkley for his offensive comments about Christian conservatives?” asked Rev. Peterson.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. He’s also the host of “The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show.” For more information, visit www.bondinfo.org
The Christian Anti- Defamation Commission is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the rights of Christians to confidently live their faith. Dr. Gary Cass has degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, an outreach of Coral Ridge Ministries founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy.