Manny Pacquiao and leftist bullying

Manny Pacquiao and leftist bullying

The leftist media were in predictable offensive mode in response to recent comments by 8-time world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao indicating his opposition to same-sex unions. Despite the celebrity outrage, Pacquiao did not backed down from his views, but did issue a video apologizing for apparently comparing gays to animals:

http://www.rappler.com/sports/by-sport/boxing-mma/pacquiao/122848-nike-terminates-deal-gay-comments

The PC-captive corporates duly fell into line, with (now former) sponsor Nike describing the boxer’s comments as “abhorrent”.
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First things first, and a point I’ll come back to, Pacquiao didn’t actually equate gays to animals, he was comparing animal behaviour to human behaviour. The two are, much as many in our Darwin-indoctrinated society would beg, nay, yell, to disagree, vastly, vastly different.  I read an interesting response to one forum poster’s claim, in support of the “naturalness” (and by implication, “rightness”) of homosexual behaviour that “1,500 species of animals exhibit homosexual behavior” :
 “Yeah, and many animals eat their young. Others eat their excrement. And plenty others devour their mates after copulation. It’s natural for animals, but it’s not permissible for humans. Also, why would you compare animals to humans? DO animals have morals? do they have logic and capacity for self thought? You’re saying that morally, there is no difference between animals and humans. Lastly, yes there are homosexuality in the animal kingdom, even in chimps. But they are an anomaly, not the norm. Just because there are homosexual behaviors in nature doesn’t mean that’s perfectly normal. Even nature designed the reproductive system to be complementary. Homosexuality is not natural, therefore goes against the laws of nature. A lie that’s being pushed down out throats. LGBT are man made. Nature has two default sexes, male and female. Anything other than that is harmful.”
 This argument, interestingly, is based entirely on observations in the natural world and thus “nature’s way”, in other words, bringing the argument to the preferred playing field of the evolutionists.
People can get really emotional about certain things, a state in which they tend to conveniently focus only on the ‘rightness’ of their own opinion and refuse to even consider the validity of anything else. They lose the ability to see fine distinctions in arguments, detect nuance or understand interpretations. Their approach becomes more sledgehammer than fine-toothed comb.
Manny Pacquiao is no saint, and, like anyone, has done many things in his life that were far from exemplary.  The checkered past of a great athlete does not, however, disqualify the validity of their opinion. Manny is just as entitled to voice his opinion and have it considered on its merits as anyone else. Speaking on a controversial topic, he should of course expect to see a reaction, even to draw criticism on his past mistakes, because these may be the only/easiest thing for others to target.  Pacquiao, in his video explaining his comments, manages to convey the fact that there is complete consistency between not supporting an ‘action’ – gay marriage – and loving people, regardless of their sexual preference. It’s an important and legitimate point that seems to have been lost amid the howls of “homophobia” and “bigot”.
Indeed, it is the ones who scream the loudest who should be looking to whether they are in fact the ones living in glass houses, and have stumbled into the the bigoted behaviour that they rail against. I wonder if the people who vilified Pacquiao as “primitive” and “illiterate” even realise their own hypocrisy – in attacking him with such venom (in many cases, making blatantly incorrect statements the venture into slander) they are displaying incredible intolerance – ironically what they accuse Pacquiao of.

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