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?