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Morning Mail: Manny Pacquiao banned from Hollywood mall over his stance on gay marriage

May 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines attends a news conference in New York Reuters

Speaking as someone who has himself been banned from the mall (let’s not get into it), I feel for Manny Pacquiao. His situation, however, is a bit different: it involves his controversial comments recently about gay marriage and the Bible.

Pacquiao is training in Los Angeles for his June 9 bout with Timothy Bradley, and was supposed to do an interview with Extra and host Mario Lopez at the outdoor shopping mall The Grove. But Simone Wilson of LA Weekly reports that the event has been canceled, and Pacquiao has been banned from the mall’s Fairfax campus.

“We’re canceling the event,” says Grove spokesman Bill Reich. “Manny Pacquiao is not coming to the Grove.” [He] is “not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future.”

On Friday Pacquiao lashed out at President Obama’s stance on gay marriage, quoting Bible verses and saying that homosexual unions were “against the laws of God.” The statements came in an interview with the National Conservative Examiner, and Pacquiao’s representatives are now saying that some of his quotes were taken out of context.

In the National Conservative Examiner article, Pacquiao quoted Leviticus 20:13, reciting “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 Pacquiao now contends he never quoted that verse. TMZ:

Pacquiao has now released a statement saying, “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.”

He continues, “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.”

But that’s not good enough for the Grove. Mall privileges: revoked! The full statement:

“Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”

Pacquiao is going to find that this whole thing is going to be a lot harder to stuff back into the bottle than it was to let it out. He probably should have kept his remarks focused on Timothy Bradley, and left the gays out of it.

But should he have been banned from the Grove? What if he needs something from Bed, Bath and Beyond? The LA Times has a poll, and so far the response is running decidedly against banning Pacquiao.

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  1. redguy12588 - May 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    That’s not very tolerant.

  2. lbroberts123 - May 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    @redguy12588 I agree. His stance on gay marriage is his belief and opinion. I seriously doubt that is enough to ban someone from a building. If you chose to legally fight it (which in my opinion would be a waste of time) he shouldn’t have a problem winning. The Grove states that it isn’t a place for intolerance, but banning him is intolerant to his beliefs/opinions. They essentially used his “intolerance” as a justifiable means to be intolerant of him.

  3. skids003 - May 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I agree with you both. It’s sad you can’t have a conservative opinion of something these days, the very people who scream for tolerance are themselves intolerant of anyone who doesn’t agree with their stance on issues. It’s the liberal way, and I’m sure I’ll get some thumbs down for saying it, but it’s the truth.

    • florida727 - May 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      You might get a few thumbs-down, but it won’t be from me… because you’re right. Liberals like to rag on about tolerance, yet are hypocritical by their very stance against conservatives. Where’s their ‘tolerance’ of/toward them? When I used to work at IBM, we had a saying: “If our competitors don’t lie about us, we won’t tell the truth about them.” Sorry, liberals, but that’s the truth.

      BTW, Manny is right, and what it says in Leviticus is God’s Word (the entire Bible is actually). Homosexuals are in for a rude awakening when they come face-to-face with their Creator. Better get used to the phrase “I never knew you”.

  4. texangirl - May 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Very hypocritical of them. It’s like Al Sharpton fighting against racism even though he himself is a racist. Or like Obama criticizing the people on Wall Street when his very own campaign received very high donations from the people on Wall Street.

  5. jimsjam33 - May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Manny ,

    Stand up for your Christian beliefs . Gays can stand up for theirs . I think I’ll stay on the side of Jesus . As for the Mall ..No problem . I wouldn’t spend a wooden nickel there . Hypocrites .

    • florida727 - May 16, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      I have a hunch there are more than just a few people who would only have EVER gone to that particular mall to see Manny. I think people should boycott the place, especially on the day Manny was scheduled to be there.

  6. unfortunatelyavikingsfan - May 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Consider yourself lucky Manny, you’d have to watch your cornhole walking around that place.

  7. polnika - May 17, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    I believe the time to turn the other cheek is over…the Republican have been trying to
    get EVERYBODY to do things their way…..funny….they say the Gov. should stay out of peoples Buss…yet who is it always trying to pass a law making people do things their way. They are doing everything they can to take away peoples rights…..

  8. Bryce - May 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Manny you can come to my mall anytime!

  9. mornelithe - May 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    The Mall is a privately owned establishment, they are allowed to deny entrance to whoever they desire.

    And for the record, you’re allowed to have any opinion you want. Notice, the Mall hasn’t forced anyone to change their opinion. Denying him access to their establishment, changes nothing about your opinion. Unless, of course, it’s the conservative opinion of what marriage should mean, then of course, everyone has to follow it. And they’ll deny anyone rights to happiness and equality in the process.