Co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., slammed her Democratic rival, the Rev. Raphael Warnock who leads the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, for not rejecting the Black Lives Matter movement which she says in part is seeking the “removal of Jesus from churches.”
“I’m calling for unity around the American flag — the ultimate symbol of freedom. I’m calling for rejection of a movement that promotes violence, attacks police, & embraces anti-Semitism. Who’s really on the wrong side of history, @ReverendWarnock? Sounds like it’s you. #gapol,” Loeffler tweeted Wednesday after Warnock accused her of giving in to “narrow impulses of tribalism and bigotry” for criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement.
In response to the WNBA’s approving the display of Black Lives Matter prominently on courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where the league will hold its season, Loeffler told WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a letter that she opposes Black Lives Matter and asked that an American flag be placed on every jersey when play resumes later this month, ESPN reported.
“I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country. I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion,” Loeffler wrote.
“Though I was not consulted about — nor do I agree with the League’s decision in this matter, I am proposing a common-sense recommendation to ensure we reflect the values of freedom and equality for all,” she added. “I believe we should put an American flag on every jersey. Include it in our licensed apparel for players, coaches and fans.”
She argued that the decision to display Black Lives Matter on the courts of the WNBA was politicizing the sport which should be “unifying antidote” for fans.
“The truth is, we need less — not more politics in sports. In a time when polarizing politics is as divisive as ever, sports has the power to be a unifying antidote. And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports,” she wrote.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair