NBA ripped for enjoying Beijing's money, remaining mum on persecution

Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Uyghur prisonersFaith leaders and human rights activists alike are condemning the National Basketball Association for continuing its seemingly unconditional support of the Chinese communist government while apparently ignoring Beijing's brutal and unjust treatment of Muslims and Christians.

With the NBA remaining silent during the playoffs about the atheistic regime's "horrific human rights and civil liberty abuses" against adherents of the world's two largest religions, the Christian Defense Coalition led a protest demonstration last Friday at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports security checkpoint.

"It is unconscionable the NBA, [a short time ago], had a facility in Xingjiang, where Chinese authorities have brutalized, imprisoned and tortured over one million Uighur Muslims," Christian Defense Coalition director Reverend Patrick Mahoney proclaims in a recent press release.

"It is disgraceful the NBA continues their business and corporate ties with the Communist Party of China, who continually trample human rights and freedom for their own people."

Hypocritical message?

While the NBA proclaims itself as a champion of social justice, many are critical of the way it defends and turns a blind eye to the atrocities taking place in China – where those practicing or adhering to Christianity and Islam are treated as criminals.

"The Chinese Communist Party recently passed a national security law in Hong Kong which will imprison those seeking democracy and freedom, as well as bulldozing churches and persecuting Christians, jailing Falun Gong practitioners, crushing political dissidents, restricting freedom of the press and denying civil liberties," the Christian Defense Coalition reports. "Yet not one NBA player or owner has publicly condemned the Chinese government for these abuses."

Mahoney, a longtime vocal human rights advocate for victims in China and Hong Kong, has called out the NBA for distancing itself from one of its own coaches for standing for the oppressed and abused in Hong Kong. Now the ministry leader is bringing attention to the continued double standards of the league's front office and players alike.

NBA logo"Last year, Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, sent out a tweet saying, 'Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,'" Mahoney recounts. "The Chinese government put pressure on the NBA, causing them to issue a statement saying Morey's comments were 'regrettable.' Basketball superstar LeBron James criticized Morey's tweet and said he was 'not educated on the situation.'"

The reverend laments the fact that the NBA chooses to stand by an oppressive, violent and dictatorial communist regime, while turning on one of its own executives for touting liberty.

"Sadly, the NBA never once said the Chinese government brutalizing the people of Hong Kong and crushing freedom and democracy were 'regrettable,'" Mahoney adds. "The only thing 'regrettable' about Morey's tweet was the cowardice of NBA officials publicly refusing to speak out on human rights abuses in Hong Kong."

Before praying that the NBA listens to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he proclaimed that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," he gave some advice to the Los Angeles Lakers' star player and the entire NBA.

"My recommendation for LeBron James is for him to talk with the heroic democracy protesters of Hong Kong and listen to their stories of persecution and violence so he can become 'educated' on the situation," Mahoney concludes. "We call upon the NBA to publicly condemn the human rights abuses by the Chinese government and commit to work as passionately for social justice in China as they are working for it here in America."

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