Will a Baptist baseball team be next LGBT target?

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

The head of a Christian sports ministry is concerned that the day could come when Christian universities will have to support homosexual rights or give up their athletic participation with the NCAA.  

The president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, Steve McConkey, warns that Christian colleges need to be leery of those in charge of the NCAA following the organization's protest earlier this year of Indiana's proposed religious freedom bill.

NCAA is headquartered in Indiana, where Gov. Mike Pence retreated from the proposed legislation earlier this year in the face of massive protests from corporations, national media coverage, and homosexual activists.

First Amendment (Bill of Rights)McConkey points out that the president of the NCAA hinted at boycotts of states - not just Indiana - with laws that the organization considers to be unfriendly to homosexuals.

During the controversy, NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement that the NCAA and its members are "deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events," The Indianapolis Star reported at the time.

The term "inclusive" often signals an allegiance to homosexual rights – at the expense of religious groups or, in the case of Indiana, a bill that allowed Hoosiers to plead their case in a courtroom.

The proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which can be read here, would have allowed Indiana residents to go to court if they believe their "exercise of religion" has been "hampered," violating their constitutional rights.

Legislators proposed the state law after a federal court declared same-sex marriage legal in Indiana. 

Defenders of the legislation said the bill's intent was being ignored, or twisted, but Pence and others in the stated caved to the threats, including those from the NCAA. 

The Indianapolis Star story noted that the NCAA also opposed a 2013 proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that proclaimed marriage is legal only between one man and one woman.

"The NCAA is going to focus on these Christian universities," McConkey now predicts, "and in order to be a part they will have to accept homosexuality."

The bigger question, adds McConkey, is how fast this will take place.

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