UFC President Dana White recently said this after one fighter had the audacity to thank Jesus for his win:
America doesn’t want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home – religion, politics, all the stuff. When you’re fighting and being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight. It’s awesome you love Jesus. Love Jesus all you want. You just don’t have to do it publicly.
Now, the fighter had just gotten out of the cage after giving/getting a serious beatdown… and won. He earned UFC plenty of money. He worked hard, he won fair and square. So what’s the big deal?
He wasn’t swearing, being vulgar, or threatening violent actions on anyone.
This is where too many people just don’t get it. Those who believe Jesus is Lord of our lives put Him front and center. There is no keeping Him at home. We believe that He guides and directs us. We believe that blessings and victories come from God. These are deeply held religious beliefs. Just look at his headband! This man loves Jesus. This isn’t a hobby for him, it’s a priority, and it’s part of who he is.
Some say he was referring to SCOTUS’s gay marriage ruling. But if you listen to what he’s saying through his broken English, he makes no reference to that. Only to people turning away from Jesus. And what did he do? He encouraged them to turn back to Jesus. Period. There was nothing about politics or gay marriage.
I find it more than a little ironic that this man is being told he cannot exercise free speech regarding his religious freedoms in a country where that is the cornerstone of liberty. He might have expected that reaction in Communist Cuba, but never here in America.
For fighter Yoel Romero, he just wanted to thank Jesus for his victory. Again I ask… what’s the big deal?
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