Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CrossFit Muscles Out Conservatives
If having an opinion on sexuality were a fireable offense, then just about every office in America would be empty! Unfortunately at CrossFit headquarters, Russell Berger’s is. Wednesday, the pastor and company spokesman was sacked by the fitness business because he dared to exercise something else: free speech!

The ruckus started earlier this month when an Indiana branch of the gym decided to cancel a workout that was being hosted specifically for LGBT pride month. Berger applauded the group for taking a stand, tweeting, “As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout. The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing.”

The backlash was immediate — and ferocious. Initially, CrossFit execs put Berger on unpaid leave to see if the extremists’ anger would cool. But after the response got more heated, the owners thought better of it and outright fired him.

“The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the view of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.” That was the polite way of putting it. CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman’s response was much more vicious. “He needs to take a big dose of ‘shut the f—k up,’” Glassman told a reporter, “and hide out for awhile.” It’s sad, he went on, “to have some zealot in his off-time do something this stupid. We’re all upset. The whole company is upset.”

Of course, there will be a lot of debate about whether Berger should have posted what he did as a representative of the company. But there should be no debate about the ruthless hostility that CrossFit’s CEO has for a view that roughly half the country holds! No one should level this kind of vitriol at an employee and expect to be taken seriously on matters of tolerance.



Anonymous said...

Politically Correct Liberals are vicious !

Bird of Paradise said...

Crossfit just becomes another one Conservatives needs to add to their Boycott List just hit them where it hurts them the most in their bank accounts

Anonymous said...

Not sure this is a free speech issue.
Guy representing a business says something unpopular.
Guy gets suspended then sacked for embarrassing the company.
Boss of company criticises the former employee for embarrassing the company.

If Berger wanted to say something he could have done so as a private individual - he is now free to do so.
Company decides that they are more concerned about money and image than standing behind the person who publicly embarrassed the company.
There is nothing to see here.

Anonymous said...

Re: Anonymous at 6:38 PM

Berger does regret using the Crossfit social media platform for saying what he said. See the following news article at https://www.dailywire.com/news/31707/crossfit-exec-fired-calling-lgbt-pride-sin-breaks-amanda-prestigiacomo

Spurwing Plover the Fighting Shorebird said...

Liberals are big time hypotcrites more reaons they need to Leave America Now and go live in Europe