A Christian columnist and biblical scholar describes as "absurd" the decision by the National Basketball Association to change the venue for next year's All-Star Game because of North Carolina's common-sense bathroom policy.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced on Friday that the league has decided to play the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking it away from the city of Charlotte due to North Carolina's bathroom law that prohibits people from using public facilities of the opposite gender.
Dr. Michael Brown is a biblical scholar and president of FIRE School of Ministry, based in Concord, North Carolina. He tells OneNewsNow that moving the game to New Orleans highlights the league's hypocrisy.
"Because Louisiana has the same laws about transgender issues as North Carolina does," he explains. "Not only that, the building [in New Orleans] where the game would be held has the exact same regulations as the building in Charlotte, North Carolina. So it's absolutely absurd."
The political agenda behind the move was to penalize the state, says Brown.
"The NBA pulls the game after the [Charlotte] City Council passes a radical bill, which would have effectively made all public restrooms and locker rooms in North Carolina 'gender-neutral,'" he continues. "The state then reverses that radical bill – and now the NBA is going to punish the state for doing that."
Brown contends there needs to be pushback. "Christian players need to stand up, Christian coaches need to stand up, Christian fans [need to stand up]," he says. "Really, all people of conscience [need to say] You're not going to hold us hostage with your radical political agenda."
He has labeled the National Basketball Association as the "National Bullying Association."