UFC President Asks Athletes To Stop Thanking Jesus: ‘Keep It At Home…’

We discussed the controversy of the UFC’s Yoel Romero having the audacity to say the word “Jesus” live on television. Leftists accused him of hate-speech against the gays and called for his job. UFC President Dana White has weighed in on the matter.

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.

In Dana White’s defense, there was a time where he once caved to political correctness far less than the heads of most other sports/entertainment organizations. As of late, though, he’s been incredibly inconsistent. Both he and Ariel Helwani (the interviewer) agree that it was blown out of proportion, and Dana even said “I know for a fact that’s not what [Yoel] meant.” Still, he wants fighters to stop thanking Jesus.

Here’s my view. The fighter earned his speech; he just went through hell and back in a cage-fight and won. He deserves his time on the mic; and as long as he isn’t inciting any kind of violence, the guy should be able to thank whomever he wants.

Here’s a question: let’s say a fighter said something in support of gay marriage and/or Allah, and instead pissed off the other half of the country that wasn’t pissed off last Saturday. Would he feel the same way? Or would he have to cater more to the outrage brigade. Oh that’s right… I don’t quite think Conservatives would be so offended from somebody’s personal opinion.

Because, you know… tolerance.

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UFC Fighter Defeats A Legend, Then Calls Out America: ‘What Happened To You, USA?’

Following a resounding knockout defeat of veteran fighter Lyoto Machida Saturday, UFC middleweight Yoel Romero extended his win streak to six and attracted significant media attention. In a post-game interview, Romero took advantage of his wide audience by opining on an issue he feels must be addressed.

After emigrating from Cuba in 2007, Romero indicated he has noticed America’s shift away from its Christian roots.

“Wow, my friends,” he said in the aftermath of his most recent victory. “I want to say something. I’ll try English. Hey, UFC! Hey, Miami! Hey, Florida! Listen, people. Listen, listen, listen.”

Instead of congratulating his own performance, he admonished the U.S. for forgetting Jesus Christ. The crowd continued to cheer as Romero began sharing his opinion of the nation’s current cultural climate.

Some of his statement is unintelligible due to his broken English; however, reported transcripts reveal the gist of his position.

“What happened to you, USA? What happened to you? What’s going on? You forget the best of the best in the world? The name is Jesus Christ? What happened to you? Wake up, USA! Go back. Go for Jesus. No for gay Jesus, people!”

His final sentence was the source of most debate, with some contending he said “no forget Jesus.”

The message, however, was clear to both supporters and critics.

While his concern obviously resonated with many Americans…

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…others demanded everything from an apology to his termination from the UFC. In a subsequent press conference, Romero set some of his critics at ease with a clarification of his initial remarks.

“I didn’t refer to anybody,” he said. “What I was trying to say was, ‘United States, thank you for giving me the American dream.’ There’s no better country than this one because it is blessed by God. It’s in the dollars that this country was made by Christian people. That means it’s blessed by God.”

Should this champion be fired for expressing his opinion? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Whining Is For Duffers, Not Pros

Sometimes you just have to get away from politics, if even for half a weekend.

I did it last Sunday, and it felt great.

In the morning, I didn’t watch a second of George Stephanopoulos, Chris Wallace, or any of the other TV talking heads, pundits, politicians, or their professional mouthpieces.

I didn’t hear a word about removing the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s statehouse grounds — which I think they should do.

I didn’t hear the words “Charleston,” “Putin,” or “Obama” for the entire blessed day.

Thanks to a friend who gave me a ticket to the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open, I got to spend my Sunday walking around the Chambers Bay Golf Course on the beautiful Washington coast near Tacoma.

The only flags I thought about were the ones waving at me on a spectacular golf course that was so tough it turned some of the best golfers in the world into duffers like you and me.

Fellow golfers, don’t believe the criticism you heard about Chambers Bay’s unique layout and rugged terrain being unfriendly to spectators and unfair for the players.

Yes, walking the course as a spectator was a serious trek. And yes, it was not possible to follow your favorite golfer from hole No. 1 through hole No. 18.

But I and tens of thousands of others had no trouble getting an up-close look at one of the most exciting U.S. Open finishes in history.

When Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy hit their long drives off the No. 10 tee, I was 20 feet away.

When McIlroy chunked a pitching wedge, I was so close I could feel his pain. We duffers all have that shot in our bag. It was nice to see that a super golfer has it too.

When Dustin Johnston missed that short birdie putt on 18, which would have forced an 18-hole playoff with Spieth, I could hear the collective groan of thousands of shocked spectators.

The 2015 U.S. Open — where Tiger Woods shot an opening round of 80 — could not have been more exciting if it had been scripted.

The last nine holes were full of suspense and drama. And the trophy was literally won and lost on the last putt of the tournament.

The 2015 Open was one of the greatest sporting events I’ve ever attended. I’m glad I didn’t have to watch it on Fox TV, whose rookie broadcast team repeatedly shanked its coverage.

The only thing that ruined the full enjoyment of the Open for me was the whining done by the golf pros before, during, and after the tournament.

They whined that Chambers Bay was too long, too dry, too hilly, and weirdly contoured. And they whined that the brown-green greens were too slow, bumpy, and just plain bad.

Ian Poulter, the Brit who finished 11 over par for the tournament, said the USGA should have apologized to the players for the poor condition of the greens.

For a while there, I thought some of the best golfers in the world were going to petition the United Nations for relief.

Come on, guys. Man up.

Chambers Bay was supposed to be different. It was purposely designed and conditioned to make it as tough as possible, not as perfect as possible.

It was not supposed to be another Buick Open, where every green looks and runs like a pool table and every fairway is as flat as an airport runway.

I applaud the USGA for trying something different. The golf bosses made the 2015 Open as difficult as they did because they didn’t want the winner to come in at 18 under par.

Their plan worked. Spieth finished at just 5 under. Instead of whining about the course like a duffer, he kept his head down, sunk the putts he needed to sink, and won $1.8 million.

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Wow: NFL Owner Steps Up In Amazing Way To Help Families Of Charleston Victims

In the wake of an act that exposed one shooter’s inner evil, several stories of compassion, kindness and redemption have been able to take root.

One of the acts of generosity toward the grieving families of nine Charleston, S.C., parishioners fatally shot last week came from Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson. According to one Twitter post by State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-S.C., Richardson sent a letter on behalf of his NFL franchise promising a donation totaling $100,000 to benefit the families and church involved.

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That sum, the letter explained, would be divided equally among the nine victims’ families, each of which would receive $10,000. The remaining $10,000 is earmarked for a memorial to be placed at the church.

News of the gesture quickly spread across social media, with many commenters praising Richardson.

“People ask what good humanity is,” one Twitter user wrote, “well ladies and gentlemen here it is at its best[.]”

A few critics pointed out that, in the context of Richardson’s wealth, a six-figure donation is small change. Such instances, including one detractor’s gibe calling the gift “a joke,” were met largely with derision.

“No,” one response stated, “you are the joke. He gave money from the heart. I don’t see a stampede of billionaires helping right now[.]”

Another user chimed in, “Wow you must be a truly depressed little man,” adding that it is “a wonder” he can get out of bed every morning.

Do you applaud this businessman’s gift in response to the Charleston shooting? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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This Basketball Superstar Just Stood Up For Christ In A Big Way Right After Becoming An NBA Champion

NBA star Stephen Curry, who just helped lead his team to their first championship in 40 years, is a strong believer in Jesus Christ.

Curry plays point guard for the Golden State Warriors, and his performance in the regular and post-season was one for the books. Curry is only the sixth person in NBA history to earn his first MVP and team championship title in the same year. The last player to do so was Shaquille O’Neal during the 1999-2000 season.

Curry also shattered the post-season three-point record of 58, sinking an astounding 98. For the championship series, he led the Warriors team in scoring, averaging 26 points a game.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ legend Lebron James, who Curry faced in the championship series, described him as “One of the best shooters the NBA will ever see. You just hope he misses.”

Curry is quick to give all the credit to God, often pointing his finger to heaven after sinking a three-pointer, indicating that God gets the glory.

“I try to use every game as an opportunity to witness. I try to do a little signal every time I make a shot as a way to preach the message in little ways that I can,” Curry told Active Faith. “Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in.”

Curry experienced an unlikely rise to NBA stardom, having been lightly recruited out of high school to play college ball at tiny Davidson College. But like the Bible’s King David, he led his team on an amazing run, which took them to the NCAA’s Final Four in 2008.

Curry’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He actually designed a shoe for Under Armour with “4:13” stamped on the sole.Stephen Curry

He and his wife, Ayesha, have matching tattoos of the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:8 in Hebrew: “Love never failed to be.”

Steph, as he is known, often brings their two-year-old daughter, Riley, to press conferences following games, for which he has received some criticism. Curry does not care; for him, the most important things in his life are God and his family.

“He’s a calm, cool, collected customer who has tremendous faith,” said Warriors former head coach Mark Jackson, who co-pastors a church in Van Nuys, Calif.

“He’s playing and acting like he’s the best player on the floor night in and night out. It’s really fun to watch. It takes everyone else [on the team] to a different level.”

“He’s the type of guy you look at and say, ‘That’s how I want my son to be,’” Jackson said. “It’s a great testament to who he is and the God he serves. He comes from a great background and has a great foundation. I made sure to go to his parents and thank them for the way they raised him.”

Curry’s parents required their children to participate in a Bible devotional every morning before they went to school.

When the future NBA player was 13, Curry gave his heart to the Lord at a youth service.

“It was a big decision that my parents couldn’t make for me,” he said. “It’s been a great walk since then. He means everything to me.”

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