Last week, now former executive for trendy fitness regimen Crossfit was canned and publicly shamed for tweeting his opinion about LGBT "pride" celebrations, which he called sinful. After applauding a Crossfit gym for canceling a pride work out from his personal Twitter account, Russell Berger was fired and slammed as a "zealot" in need of "a big dose of 'shut the fuck up'" from CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman.
"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," wrote Berger. For that, he lost his job.
Refusing to buckle under the pressure, Berger is speaking out over his termination and the intolerance showed by those at the top who ironically claim to promote tolerance.
"I think it’s a really sobering and a disheartening example of where we are as a culture," said Berger in an interview with Apologia Studios Thursday.
"Simply by expressing those views, which again have been pretty standard views for the historic Christian faith over thousands of years, that view is no longer tolerated and in fact it’s a view that’s so divisive and so intolerable that it’s the kind of thing you can’t say and expect to keep your job," he said.
Berger also blasted the media for turning him into a "homophobic bigot" for merely stating that LGBT pride is a sin. "The misrepresentation is that that makes me a homophobic bigot who hates gay people and doesn’t want them involved in the CrossFit world. That’s so far from the truth. I love the people in the LGBTQ community and I want them to know Christ. That means being honest about the fact that we are all sinners and we need to not revel in our sin but turn from it, and trust in Him," he said.
This is a very common and very effective strategy that’s being employed by a certain segment of the LGBTQ community in terms of basically silencing any view that disagrees with their beliefs.
-Russell Berger, former Crossfit spokesman
The former exec also has told fellow religious folks to beware of the leftist internet mob. "It’s a really powerful and important lesson that all Christians should be aware of," Berger said. "This is a very common and very effective strategy that’s being employed by a certain segment of the LGBTQ community in terms of basically silencing any view that disagrees with their beliefs. ... You just need to be aware of that and be prepared for that should you make the decision to weigh in on a subject like I did. You have to understand that the pressure will be applied to you, but it will also be applied to your employer, it will also be applied to your family members, it will be applied anywhere where those who are outraged by what you said think they can harm you. And that’s just the reality of the situation unfortunately."
Earlier in the interview, Berger expressed remorse for putting Crossfit Inc in a bad position for expressing his personal views. "I think my comments were imprudent, and I think that it was unwise for me to use the platform that I have and largely use to act as a spokesperson for CrossFit Inc, to express my personal views," he stated, adding, "I put my company in a position that I wish I hadn’t. I put them in a position where they felt they had to weigh in on something that they otherwise wouldn’t have and I regret that. I think it distracts them from their mission and takes away time and energy and resources from making people fitter and healthier which is what they should be doing. I regret that."
To listen to the interview, click here.