“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
37-year-old boxer, Manny Pacquiao, provoked a storm of controversy after saying those words. Manny who is running for public office in the Philippines’ May election made the remark in a video posted on local TV5’s election site.
When criticisms started mounting over what he had said, Manny initially remained defiant and responded to the controversy via an Instagram post of an image of himself with his wife, quoting the Bible and writing: “I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desire of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says.”
I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways. 1 Corinthians 6:9 " Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men." God Bless everyone i love you all. @johnnybantilan @david.sisson @jinkeepacquiao
Following global condemnation of his remarks and the threat of withdrawal by his sponsors, Manny changed his tune and made a qualified apology.
I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you.
Despite his apology, sponsors like Nike and Wonderful Pistachios withdrew their sponsorship from the sportsman. A Nike spokesman said Manny’s homophobic remarks were “abhorrent”.
Comments like Pacquiao’s are close to home. In 2010, the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Evangelism, Rony Tan, equated gay men to paedophiles, and went on to compare gay people with those that practise bestiality.
“If you allow [homosexuality], next time people will want to get married to monkeys. And they will want rights. They’ll want to apply for HDB. With a donkey or a monkey or a dog and so on. It’s very pathetic.” – Pastor Rony Tan