CrossFit burn worker, who supported Indiana gym decide to cancel LGBTQ event, call pride celebration ‘a sin’

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CrossFit dismissed employee Wednesday after he wrote a series of tweets supporting a now-closed Indiana out in the gym of the cancellation of an LGBT pride training, said that the idea for the event is “a sin.”

Russell Berger, who was described by CrossFit as a legal researcher, posted since-deleted tweets to thank CrossFit Infiltrate “for standing by [their] beliefs and refusing to celebrate the sin by hosting a @IndyPride training, FOX 59 reported.

The controversy at a #CrossFit in Indy,
as we approach Pride in Indianapolis this weekend, people around the nation to talk.

— Marc Mullins (@MarcMullins1) 6 June 2018

CrossFit had initially placed Berger on leave, but nearly three hours later, he was dismissed.

“The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit is terminated,” the company said in a tweet.

The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit is terminated.

— CrossFit (@CrossFit) June 6, 2018

The controversy began when members of the gym, said a special training course in support of the Pride Week was cancelled due to a gym owners, according to FOX 59. An e-mail to the gym members said the training was nixed because the owners of the gym value health and wellness, and they believe that this event is not.”

The cancellation has led to a number of members leaving the gym. One of the gym and the owners told FOX 59 that the device is closed, because not enough coaches to cover the classes.

“The gym is already in use by a lot of internal unrest and is vulnerable to the effects of the storm,” the owner told the station.

Then Mendoza, a former CrossFit Infiltrate member, told FOX 59 he reached out to the gym to try and get a clarification of the position on the pride event. He said that he was sent in an e-mail saying the gym was focused on the total health and well-being of the individual and the community.”

“Total health involves the body, emotions, relationships, and spirit. On the fundamental detractor of health, if we believe that God sets the parameters for, is pride:” the e-mail read. “We believe that true health forever can only be found in humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they really are, and if God truly defines them to be. As a company, we choose to deploy our resources in the direction of these efforts and the causes that are in line with our own values and beliefs.”

CrossFit officials said in a statement to FOX 59 that the backlash that they have received “grossly misrepresents” what the gym. Officials said that the decision not to host the pride event is the only reason why they are labeled as “bigots or discriminatory.”

“We are, however, the history of the gym speak for themselves, and for the position we take in this divisive atmosphere, CrossFit Infiltrate welcomes, serves, and gives priority to the training of people to be fit and functional in the body, mind, and spirit. It has never and will never be anything but welcoming to all human beings, who live, move and breathe in God’s world.”

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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