The Famous Los Angeles shopping mal known as “The Grove” has banned famed boxer Manny Pacquiao over comments he made about gay marriage. However, Pacquiao said he was misquoted!
Officials from The Grove took action by announcing that, “Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance”.
Immediate calls were made to The Grove seeking additional comment but representatives from the shopping mall have not responded any of them. Manny was scheduled to conduct an interview for the TV show “Extra” at the outdoor shopping center on Wednesday. Sadly that won’t happen.
It all started during an interview with National Conservative Examiner when Pacquiao addressed President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage. The Examiner article quotes Pacquiao saying: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married. It should not be of the same sex, so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
More over, the article written by Granville Ampong goes on to state that “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”. “Pacquiao’s directive for Obama calls societies to fear God and not to promote sin, inclusive of same-sex marriage and cohabitation”.
Furthermore, the original story quoted Leviticus 20:13, which states: “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.”
For Pacquiao to say something like that would be ruthless. To say openly that they should be “put to death” is not something a congressman beloved Pacquiao would say. Especially not in his hometown of Los Angeles where he trains and lives.
Since then, Ampong has stated that Pacquiao never quoted Leviticus, blaming “biased writers” for suggesting that the boxer wished death on gay men.
Pacquiao is a devout Catholic as well as a congressman in his homeland of the Philippines. He announced that he is not against gay people on his website. “What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God,” he said. “I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”
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