NBC Attacks Christian Pitcher: Says “False Christian” Because He Stood Instead of Kneeling During National Anthem

Craig HueyCulture, Current Events, Faith, Politics11 Comments

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to take a knee protesting police brutality during the national anthem on opening day.

The rest of the players and staff from both teams kneeled in protest of the police and racial discrimination.

Why did he not kneel? Because he said as a Christian, he was uncomfortable with kneeling before anything or anyone other than God.

Sam was the only player on either team to remain standing.

NBC attacked the pitcher both as a “false Christian” and as “anti-humanity.”

“I meant no ill will by it,” Coonrod said. “I don’t think I’m better than anyone. I’m a Christian. I just believe I can’t kneel before anything besides God, Jesus Christ.”

“I chose not to kneel. I feel that if I did kneel, I would be being a hypocrite. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. Like I said, I didn’t mean any ill will toward anyone.”

“I’m a Christian, like I said, and I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean toward Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family — I just can’t get on board with that.”

NBC Sports went ballistic.

NBC said “When did real Christianity opt out of humanity? Give a pass to injustice and inequality? Decide that it’s disrespectful to offer support, if not shelter, to those in need? Does Coonrod not realize that pastors of all faiths are joining crowds around the world fighting for these very ideals?”

“Like so many others swimming against the tide of progress, if Coonrod had taken a moment to inform himself, he would see motive behind this movement need not be affiliated with BLM but, rather, to bring greater awareness to the racial injustices that is its focus.”

“See, what Coonrod did not say but surely crept into the minds of listeners and readers is that he believes the various evolutions of America’s two greatest sins —

the other being stealing land from the natives — are acceptable, that equality is something for others to deal with.”

“That Christianity has, somehow, disqualified him from the cause. There are only two rational explanations for what Coonrod said. One, he didn’t hear himself speak. Or, two, he heard every word he said and knows he did not say what he really meant.”

Sadly, even playing the national anthem has become political.

And, having an opposing opinion brings harsh immediate reaction.

What do you think? Email me at Craig@electionforum.org.

11 Comments on “NBC Attacks Christian Pitcher: Says “False Christian” Because He Stood Instead of Kneeling During National Anthem”

  1. Wow, I’m almost speechless. Not that I had a high opinion of mainstream media to begin with, but now NBC is essentially saying that your voice of opinion (or even no opinion) must be conscripted by others. This is about as anti-constitutional as it is possible to get. So the First Amendment is toast? I guess the gulag is next.

  2. He was the only player that stood for truth in his heart, and did not bow to control and manipulation.
    And that takes a lot of courage.
    He’s an honorable man.

  3. As a huge Dodger Fan, I have never cared for the SF Giants. But this guy has ALL my respect. He is going to take a lot of crap and now his road to stay in professional baseball is going to be rockier, but God will have this man’s back. Whether on the baseball field or out in real life! #RESPECT

  4. Sam Coonrod is to be admired for his courageous stand against what is really a culture of ungodliness and at the root, atheism.

  5. Where can Christians go to attack NBC Sports’ comments and defend Conrad? However, one cannot attack NBC Sports. One has to name the person(s) making the comments.

  6. If this keeps up, it may soon be a hate crime to stand for the Nat Anthem. You can tell who is in charge of a society by observing who is allowed to protest.
    Thank You Craig for doing all you have done.
    Gary M.

  7. Not only is NBC’s premise flawed by stating that a real Christian would publicly support BLM (false premise), and if he doesn’t, then he is giving a pass to injustice and inequality (false conclusion) — but also, it uses an egregious “either/or” argument in its conclusion:

    “There are only two rational explanations for what Coonrod said. One, he didn’t hear himself speak. Or, two, he heard every word he said and knows he did not say what he really meant.”

    This article is a shocking display of ignorance of the Christian faith, as well as indicative of a completely crude thinking process. NBC outlandishly attributes to Mr. Coonrod not a quote, but its own derivation of what he said (and its effects on people), when it claims:

    “See, what Coonrod did not say but surely crept into the minds of listeners and readers is that he believes the various evolutions of America’s two greatest sins — the other being stealing land from the natives — are acceptable, that equality is something for others to deal with.”

    Abominable presumption and intolerance.

  8. In general, semi-apologetic resistance to evil does not work. Better to take a strong, principled stance without apology. For instance, “I will not knee in solidarity with the satanic BLM movement. I love America and value what God has given us in this nation and do not want to see it transformed into a one prty mind-control police state. So I stand for the national anthem.”

  9. All true believers know who the false Christians are. We should never be surprised by the remarks of unbelievers. They live in darkness and can’t speak the truth because they are unaware of what the truth is.

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