… first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5)
In March 2016 North Carolina passed a law House Bill 2 (HB2), that said in schools and other public buildings, a person will use the bathroom or locker room determined by his or her biological gender at birth. It is estimated that about 0.2% of the population suffer with gender confusion and may identify as Transgendered.
The NBA was planning to hold its 2017 All Star Game in Charlotte. Adam Silver and the NBA, huddled together at their 5th avenue Manhattan offices and decided it’s time to take a stand for what they call the “core values of our league.”
“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent…We have been guided…by the long-standing core values of our league. These include…diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others….”
The NBA concluded this law violated their “core values” and made the decision to pull their All Star Game from Charlotte and move it to another state.
The Beam in the NBA’s Eye
Over 75% of NBA players are African American. The NBA headquarters are located in New York City.
According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2012 more unborn black were children lost to abortion (31,328) than were born (24,758.) African American children comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in New York City.
Yet Adam Silver and the NBA decided that North Carolina is where they take a stand for what they see as a gross violation of the civil rights of 0.2% of people who suffer from gender identity confusion. Their core values are so deeply violated by HB2 that they decided to humiliate and financially punish the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The exit from North Carolina is a major blow for the state’s largest city, which stands to lose at least $100 million in economic benefits as a result, according to state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Charlotte Democrat.
In the city where Adam Silver and the NBA have their corporate headquarters, nearly 6 out of 10 African American pregnancies are ended by abortion. Thirty thousand African American unborn boys and girls die each year in New York City alone.
Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Dr Martin Luther King and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, had this to say about the NBA’s decision:
Many of these little boys and girls would have been future NBA fans. A few exceptional athletes would have had the thrill of playing in a future All Star game. All of them, if allowed the basic civil right of being born, would have shared the same blessing that you and I enjoy each day in this great nation; the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Instead of standing up for the civil rights of millions of unborn black children lost each year to abortion, and the suffering and devastation this brings to their parents and communities, the NBA decided to take the radical action of pulling their All Star game from Charlotte because of HB2.
Jesus had something to say about the blindness of the self-righteous:
And why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye? Or how say to your brother, ‘Allow me to take the splinter out of your eye,’ while the beam is in your own eye?
First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)