A CrossFit gym in Indianapolis has been forced to closed its doors after a spokesman praised its decision to cancel a workout that would celebrate homosexuality for "Pride Month. It was also going to celebrate Men who claim they are women and women who claim they are men. As a result of praising the decision to cancel the workout, the spokesman was fired.
Gym owner Brandon Lowe canceled the workout prompting CrossFit spokesman Russell Berger to post a series of tweets praising the gym for its decision.
“As someone who personally believes celebrating “pride” is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage CrossFit Infiltrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an IndyPride workout,” the since-deleted thread said. “The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing.”
“The tactics of some in the LGBTQ movement toward dissent is an existential threat to freedom of expression,” Berger continued. “The lack of tolerance for disagreement, which has been replaced with bullying Twitter mobs promising “consequences,” should be a concern regardless of your political stance.”
“We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride,” said gym owner Brandon Lowe in an email canceling the workout.
Not long after Berger posted his string of tweets, Crossfit said that it had placed Berger on “uplaid leave” while the company “completes a thorough review.” Berger then was fired.
“The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated,” said the company on Twitter.
This incident comes after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because it conflicted with his religious beliefs.
“The reason and motive for the baker’s refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions. The Court’s precedents make clear that the baker, in his capacity as the owner of a business serving the public, might have his right to the free exercise of religion limited by generally applicable laws," said Justice Anthony Kennedy.