Steve McConkey, the President of the Christian sports ministry 4 WINDS, once made use of the phrase “atheist gestapo” to describe church/state separation activists trying to make sure coaches weren’t proselytizing at public high schools.
And since you’ve forgotten by now just how awful he is, he recently released a statement condemning the Olympics for forcing athletes to sign a contract forbidding them from saying homosexuality is a sin.
What? You’ve never heard of that contract? That’s because it doesn’t exist. But as we constantly see on this site, too many Christians believe it’s okay to lie when the goal is promoting Jesus.
McConkey was set off by Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, both of whom are gay and outspoken about their frustrations with anti-gay Mike Pence.
“Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will be used by the Olympic Committee and the press to further the sin of homosexuality,” states 4 Winds Christian Athletics President Steve McConkey. “The Olympic Committee has promoted transgenders, intersex athletes, and same sex marriage.
“Olympic athletes are forced to sign documents saying they will not discriminate against the LGBT community. If they are in a Christian meeting and say homosexuality is a sin, someone can report them to the Olympic Committee. Awards will be lost, but not medals. Christian freedoms are violated once again as athletes will be blacklisted.”
There’s no evidence of any of that. He didn’t even provide a link to some conspiracy theory website where he might have gotten this information from. And given how openly evangelical Christian some Olympians are, it’s hard to believe they’d ever be punished for their faith.
The International Olympic Committee, which oversees the Games, doesn’t take sides in religious debates, and the closest thing you’ll find on the group’s website to “promotion” of LGBTQ rights is a statement that, by 2020, they hope to “Strengthen the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism by including non-discrimination of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter.”
Non-discrimination, however, doesn’t mean silencing bigots. Athletes who are anti-gay Christians aren’t going to be forbidden from competing — just as devout Muslims and Catholics can compete despite what their faiths may say about LGBTQ rights or homosexuality in general.
As for the punishment McConkey believes will be handed down to the faithful, I have no idea what he means that “Awards will be lost, but not medals”… since receiving a medal is the award. But try not to think too hard about it. His comment makes no sense because he’s making everything up.
I reached out to him for clarification but haven’t heard back as of this writing.
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