Manny Pacquiao’s feeling the heat from the homosexual community over comments he apparently didn’t even make.
The “journalist” who published an article that attributed a quote from the Bible calling for the death of homosexuals to Pacquiao has since backed off his claim that Pacquiao’s the one who referenced the passage.
Granville Ampong, the “conservative examiner” over at Examiner.com (a news website that lets just about anyone submit articles) now says Pacquiao never referenced the offensive passage taken from Leviticus 20:13, which states 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.”
But no, it’s not Ampong who’s to blame for misleading people into thinking Pacquiao referenced the Bible passage (according to him, anyway), it’s everyone else in the media (note: prior to publishing anything about Pacquiao, we contacted his representatives four times to give him a chance to explain his quotes in the Examiner article. Nobody got back to us).
In a blog post published this morning — under the headline “Biased Writers Grossly Twisted Pacquiao’s View On Same-Sex Marriage,” Ampong claims he never attributed the Bible passage to Pacquiao, and that the media’s to blame for writing the narrative that Pacquiao thinks gay people should die.
Ampong calls out two journalists in particular — USA Today’s Tom Wier and LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero (note: LA Weekly is owned by the same parent company as the Village Voice). He points to Wier’s article and writes the following:
In his article, Weir said “Pacquiao also invoked Old Testament, and recited Leviticus 20:13, saying: “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,” referencing my fourth paragraph which states: “Pacquiao’s directive for Obama calls societies to fear God and not to promote sin, inclusive of same-sex marriage and cohabitation, notwithstanding what Leviticus 20:13 has been pointing all along: “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.” That, Pacquiao never said nor recited, nor invoked and nor did he ever refer to such context.
We — and dozens of other news outlets — read the same article, in which Ampong clearly credits Pacquiao with quoting the Bible passage. It’s since been modified to clarify that Pacquiao isn’t the one who made the reference.
He goes on to say that Romero’s headline was inaccurate (which — while we hate to throw a fellow VVMer under the bus
— it was).
Romero’s headline is as follows: “Manny Pacquiao Says Gay Men Should Be ‘Put To Death.'”
Even if Pacquiao did reference the heinous passage (which he apparently didn’t), it wasn’t him saying he wants to kill gay people, he was just quoting what it says in the Bible — as idiotic as it may be. Although, later in Ampong’s article, he quotes Pacquiao as saying that society needs to “put God’s word first.” According to Catholics (like Pacquiao), the Bible is God’s word — so (again, according to religious types who take the Bible literally) homosexuals must die.
News that Pacquiao’s a homophobe spread across the Interwebs all day yesterday and well into the night. The quotes Ampong (incorrectly) attributed to Pacquiao have prompted gay advocacy groups to call on Nike to stop sponsoring him.
Pacquiao’s finally chimed in (not to us, despite our four attempts to get an explanation) on his website, where he offers lame “proof” that he doesn’t hate gay people by notifying the world that he has “a relative who is also gay.”
See Pacquiao’s statement below:
“I didn’t say that, that’s a lie… I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet,” [Pacquiao]said.
Pacquiao explained his true feelings towards the gay community.
Pacquiao said: “I’m not against gay people… I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical off are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God,”
As explained in previous pieces this is more in line with the Manny Pacquiao ,we have come to know, and work with over the years.
In any event, it appears we — and countless others (Ampong in particular) — owe Pacquiao an apology. He’s apparently not as much of a homophobe as Ampong made him out to be. However, he still opposes letting gay people tie the knot, which — while being an obnoxious opinion — is a far cry from calling for the death of human beings based on their sexual orientation.
We sent Ampong an email asking if he’d like to explain why he misled people with his article. We haven’t heard back.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 16, 2012