Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao recently said that gays should be “put to death” in an interview with National Conservative Examiner, spurring a ban from an LA shopping mall, a giant wave of backlash, and most likely a lot of lost multi-million dollar sponsorships.
When asked about Obama’s recent a-OK’ing of gay marriage Pacquiao reportedly quoted Leviticus 20:13, which reads: ““If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
On one hand, it’s despicable that a public figure who so many looks up to has such a backwards way of looking at things. On the other hand, it’s good to know that he likes to read. People don’t read enough these days, ya know?
No word on whether Manny Pacquiao dislikes other things that are apparently sins in the eyes of God, such as eating shellfish (Leviticus 11:10), tattoos (Leviticus 19:28), having a flat nose or being blind (Leviticus 21:17), eating fat (Leviticus 3:17), misbehaving children (Deuteronomy 21:18), or having sex while on the rag (Leviticus 20:18).
We’ll keep you posted when he makes up his mind on those things, readers. In the meantime, here’s Manny in Cat Power‘s latest video for “King Rides By.”
Update: The writer of the article, freelance journalist Granville Ampong, is now backtracking and saying that Manny did not actually say that gays should be put to death.