When the ACC decided to move 7 athletic championships out of North Carolina, their statement said “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
Franklin Graham’s letter to the ACC highlighted the ACC’s situational commitment to their “collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination.” A different way of putting that would be to say Franklin Graham highlighted the ACC’s hypocrisy. Here’s an example of how Rev. Graham highlighted their hypocrisy:
For example, the football championship game your conference voted to move from Charlotte in December is called the “Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship.” Dr. Pepper and its parent company, Cadbury Schweppes and Carlyle Group, proudly sell their products in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Will the ACC drop its title sponsor? And why isn’t the LGBT community demanding you sever ties with such a “bigoted” corporate sponsor?
This doesn’t have anything to do with a person’s religious beliefs. It’s about highlighting the ACC’s consistent commitment to making money. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money. It’s just that I’d appreciate them not pretending like they’re people of integrity.
Here’s another example:
The NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation states, “Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.” This is precisely what supporters of HB2 have been requesting—that people use public restrooms in accordance with their assigned birth gender.
Apparently, the ACC’s leadership and the NCAA’s leadership believe in situational core beliefs. Add that to their core belief in making lots of money.
Authored By Let Freedom Ring Blog