CrossFit Makes Bold Statement: “Christians Need to Shut the **** Up”

Who’s got time for confronting a company’s stark anti-Christian bigotry when there are power cleans to do, am I right?

CrossFitters love let you know that they are CrossFitters. Just like atheists and vegans, there seems to be an incessant need of those involved in the fitness network to let all of humanity know just how many reps they did at 5:30 this morning while we were all still in bed.

I had always just assumed that was merely the consequence of people proud of themselves for their self-discipline wanting to do a little showing off to the rest of us. But now I’m thinking it may be part of some contractual agreement demanded by the company. Because the suits at CrossFit (undoubtedly spandex suits) just did a little public crowing themselves with a statement that has the possibility of annoying a lot of folks.

It all started when a Chief Knowledge Officer from Crossfit named Russell Berger offered some support to a Crossfit branch from Indianapolis that had canceled an LGBT workout that had been organized for “Pride Month.” Berger wrote:

“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. The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing.”

He’s right, of course. The intolerance of the LBGT tolerance police is so notorious it’s almost comedic. And right on cue, the LGBT lynch mob showed up to demand Berger’s firing. Russell responded with confidence in his company:

“Thankfully I work for a company that tolerates disagreement. I have homosexual coworkers who I love and respect, and as far as I am aware, they aren’t demanding I be punished for my views.”

Berger may have been right about his coworkers not demanding his firing. The vast majority of those identifying as gay and lesbian are not part of the fascist LGBT political lobby. But Berger had sadly miscalculated his company’s commitment to tolerance. He was placed on administrative leave, then fired with the company making a public statement:

“CrossFit is a diverse community in every way, and that’s what makes us strong. No matter who you are, how you’re built, what you believe, or who or how you love – we are proud of you.”

And then the founder and CEO of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, issued his own stunning statement that completely undermined everything his company had just said:

“[Berger] needs to take a big dose of ‘shut the **** up’ and hide out for awhile. It’s sad.”

Oh, something is sad, alright. But it’s not Berger. Remember, Berger had expressed on his own time, from his own account, a comment that was merely a restatement of traditional, orthodox, Christianity: homosexual conduct is sinful. Yet that was a fire-able offense for CrossFit.

In other words, CrossFit is not a “diverse community in every way,” nor are they proud of you “no matter what you believe.” If you are diverse enough that you believe in traditional, orthodox Christianity, and you dare express it, they will fire you and make a public mockery of you.

It’s a bold public relations move assuming that a significant portion of their clientele may well hold to such Christian viewpoints. But CrossFit is gambling that those that do won’t care, will turn the other well-toned cheek, and just shut the **** up about the Savior they serve and the Truth they possess.

Who’s got time for confronting a company’s stark anti-Christian bigotry when there are power cleans to do, am I right?

So much for tolerance on the left - only me, not thee. This surely is a free speech issue & needs to be addressed firmly. I see no reason why Berger can't/doesn't bring forth a suit.


There was a time when Orwell's Thought Police were considered representative of the frightening totalitarian regime of the USSR, to be feared because of their enabling of tyranny.

And now the Thought Police are here, and admired by some, and growing in strength and authority. And by the way, they still do represent a totalitarian regime, it's just that now it is a regime establishing a beachhead in the United States. And they still do represent the enabling of tyranny.

First we were told, of homosexuality, that all "they" wanted was tolerance. Then it escalated to acceptance. Then it moved on to legal recognition. Then it demanded restructuring of traditional identities, such as marriage. Then it demanded not just acceptance or equality but admiration and celebration. Then it moved to overt bullying, trying to force people like Jack Phillips to bow to its power. And now it has achieved the ability to control the very livelihood of people by affecting their ability to work. Now the Thought Police of that movement----and make no mistake, it is and always has been a political movement of the Left, complete with propaganda, violence, bullying and tyranny----are getting more and more powerful, and will soon be moving into other territory where they can impose their own dogma.


If you profess the name of Christ you better get “Cross Fit.” “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).

If I was a member of cross fit, which I am not, I would leave this sorry organization and tell the CEO to shut the "F" up!

Like most gays, most atheists don't go around braying about their orientation/(dis)belief--don't know about vegans. As a non-believer myself, I don't like pushy people of any stripe.