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The Black Lives Matter-driven hostility toward Christian athletes and coaches is “overtaking” the sports world according to sports journalist Jason Whitlock.
Speaking with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Friday, Whitlock said there was “no question” that the BLM movement has had a chilling effect on Christians in the sports world as they discussed the recent incident involving Illinois State football coach Kurt Beathard.
Activists turned a belief held by Beathard and other Christians into a campaign to target him, eventually costing him his job with the Redbirds for posting a sign that read “All Lives Matter to Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.”
Beathard, whose father, Bobby Beathard, was a general manager for the NFL and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, took down a “Black Lives Matter” sign left on his office door because he did not agree with the organization’s Marxist views. He replaced the sign with his own and apparently triggered an effort to oust him.
(Source: Fox News)
“This has been the intent of Black Lives Matter from the very beginning,” Whitlock said on “The Ingraham Angle” Friday.
“We’re seeing it reshaped right before our eyes, the hostility towards Christianity is overtaking the sports world and Kurt Beathard’s paying the price,” the Outkick columnist added.
“If you want to usher in immorality, you have to usher out God and that’s what’s happening in America. It’s a calculated, it’s not an organic, deal. This has been underway for years,” he said.
Whitlock noted the series of personal tragedies and challenges that Beathard experienced recently with the death of family members, including his wife.
“In what society does an employer, looking at his employee that lost his wife and his nephew in the past few months, fires the guy, removes him from his job because he expresses his Christian faith and does something objectionable to what is popular?” Whitlock asked. “What Illinois State has done is immoral.”
Ingraham noted that the move might also be considered illegal.
“I imagine the coach has a strong claim, a religious bias claim. If they get any state funding, they’re in trouble. I hope he has a good lawyer,” she said.
Whitlock predicted that Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney may be BLM’s next “biggest target.”
“He’s a very traditional faith-based coach right in line with Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Vince Lombardi with the Packers, Joe Gibbs with the Washington Redskins,” he noted, adding that Swinney “is the next iteration of that.”
“He wears his faith on his sleeve and they’re going to eventually have a problem,” he added, pointing out the success of his team achieved while practicing “from a faith-based point of view and perspective
“He will eventually come under attack,” Whitlock concluded.
After the shakeup with Illinois State, Beathard told Outkick that he did not willingly leave his position.
“I never quit,” he insisted at the time. “I did not quit that job.”
“I don’t like the way this has to be,” Beathard said. “I don’t like that you can’t have a different opinion than someone else. But I wouldn’t change (what I did). I’m not going to deny Jesus. If you deny Jesus, He’ll deny you. It’s written in the Bible, multiple times. I’m not going to back down on that one.”