Saturday, October 01, 2005

More Political Correctness

The Washington Nationals professional baseball club has suspended a volunteer chaplain and rebuked a baseball player because they hold religious beliefs that are "Religiously Incorrect."

Volunteer chaplain Joe Moeller and outfielder Ryan Church were having a conversation concerning Christianity. Church asked Moeller a question about Jesus and salvation. "I said, like, Jewish people, they don't believe in Jesus. Does that mean they're doomed?" Church asked.

Volunteer chaplain Moeller simply nodded his head in agreement. For his "religiously incorrect" thinking—even if it was simply a nod of the head—Moeller was suspended. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, leader of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Washington, said, "The Nationals did a good job about bringing hate into the locker room."

A chaplain and a baseball player are accused of hate speech because they were discussing a basic tenet of their faith! Wow! Now it is not "religiously correct" for Christians to just "think" that salvation comes through Christ alone. The Nationals immediately suspended Chaplain Moeller and Church issued an apology for asking the question.

Dr. Richard Land, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, had this to say: "The worst this chaplain could be convicted of is ascribing to orthodox Christian faith, which is what you want from a Christian chaplain."