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MLB issues statement condemning Arizona Senate Bill 1062

Feb 26, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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It’s pretty rare that Major League Baseball will go out of its way to comment on a political issue, but the league’s public relations arm just sent out the following statement on Twitter, condemning Arizona Senate Bill 1062 which would give Arizonans the right to restrict services to people based on religious beliefs. The controversial bill is meant to specifically target the rights of the LGBT community.

“As the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance.  Those values are fundamental to our game’s diverse players, employees and fans.  We welcome individuals of different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders and national origins.

MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, as reflected by our collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association.  Accordingly, MLB will neither support nor tolerate any words, attitudes or actions that imperil the inclusive communities that we have strived to foster within our game.”

Arizona Senate Bill 1062 is on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer, waiting to either be signed or vetoed.


UPDATE, 7:50 p.m. ET: According to Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez of the Arizona Republic, Brewer announced Wednesday evening at the Arizona state capitol building that she has officially vetoed Senate Bill 1062.

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  1. elvin2014 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    What should be the Christian’s response to the Homosexual?

    by Matt Slick

    Just because someone is a homosexual does not mean that we cannot love him (or her) or pray for him (her). Homosexuality is a sin and like any other sin it needs to be dealt with in the only way possible. It needs to be laid at the cross and forsaken. Homosexuality is not a special practice that is exempt from God’s righteous judgment simply because they claim they are born that way, or just want to be free to love, or say that it is normal. People are born with a tendency to lie. Does that make it okay? People want to love each other, but since when is “love” the determiner of what is right and wrong? If homosexuality is normal, then why is it practiced by so few? The great majority of people are heterosexual. Are they “more” normal?

    Please understand that I don’t hate homosexuals. I wouldn’t care if my neighbor is gay. I’ve had homosexual friends and have loved them the same as I would anyone else. But, the Bible says homosexuality is a sin and the solution to the problem of sin (the breaking of God’s Law, 1 John 3:4) is found only in Jesus. He is the Lord, the Savior, the risen King. Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1,14) and he died to save sinners. We are all sinners and we need salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) that is found in receiving Christ (John 1:12-13).

    We Christians should pray for the salvation of the homosexual the same as we would for any other person trapped in any other sin. This is not an issue of arrogance or judgmentalism. We don’t want anyone to be lost due to their sin and that includes gays, lesbians, and transgenders.

    The homosexual is still made in the image of God — even though he (or she) is in rebellion. Therefore, we Christians should show homosexuals the same dignity as anyone else with whom we come in contact. Don’t injure them. Don’t hate them. Don’t judge them. Inform them that freedom and forgiveness are found in Jesus. Let them know that God loves us and died for us so that we might be delivered from the consequences of our sin.

    But, this does not mean that you are to approve of what they do. Don’t compromise your witness for a socially acceptable opinion that is void of rationality, godliness, and biblical truth. Instead, stand firm in the word that God has revealed and patiently love him/her biblically, and pray for their salvation. Be kind to them. Be loving. And, when appropriate, tell them the gospel.

    Finally, if you are a homosexual, please understand that I do not hate you nor do I judge you. Sin is sin and the forgiveness of our sins is found in Christ.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      You keep re-posting your tired old schlock. I think you are mashugana, but since you seem capable of working a computer this means you can spread the craziness. So, since I too can work one and I have nothing better to do for a while, there’s no reason to allow you spread your screed unchallenged. So, I’ll just keep reposting my reply to you as you re-post your screed.

      It doesn’t seem that many people here are interested in your book of myths. Good luck trying to live your life by what that old, no longer relevant, flawed, contradictory, and hateful old tome has to say. You’ll have to pick and choose your commandments and laws carefully, otherwise they’ll lock you up for some pretty bad behavior.

    • jkcalhoun - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Are you trying to make the case that the sponsors of the bill aren’t disciples of Matt Slick? Because I’ll just take your word for that.

    • stex52 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      I am okay with them discriminating against homosexuals, as long as they promise they will also discriminate against divorced people and people who work on Saturdays. The Bible has a lot to say about them, too.

      • stex52 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Oh yeah, and people who call each other fools. Oops. I guess we are doomed on this blog.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Hey! Sometime divorce is the best answer. Pbblt!

    • 18thstreet - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Many people are not Christian. You can look it up. That means that we don’t care what Christ had to say. If we cared, we’d be Christian. But we don’t care, so we’re not.

      I don’t know why you think citing Jesus would change the mind of a non-Christian. If I found a quote from Buddha that (hypothetically speaking) said exactly the opposite of Christ’s teachings, would that be relevant to you? I assume you’d dismiss it.

      That’s what I do when you cite the New Testament. It doesn’t matter to me what it says. Not even a little. Because I’m not Christian.

      Take a look at a globe. Seventy percent of it is covered with water. (Note: the other 30 percent is covered by Gary Matthews). That’s the percent of the world that is not Christian. It’s most of us.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Just to clarify, none of the things he posted were things Jesus allegedly actually said. Some Christians don’t agree with him either. It is not a requirement to hate gay people to be a Christian.

  2. mtr75 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Ah, the Republican Party. The party of love, peace and happiness.

  3. elvin2014 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Final Conclusion:

    God loves sinners, but condemns sin. And the Bible’s verdict on homosexual behavior, as with all sexual immorality, is that it is sinful.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      What do the trix bunny and santa claus have to say on it?

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