We don’t know for certain if this was a decision Murphy made on his own, or if his thinking was — how to put this? — clarified by Mets management. I’m betting that the Mets did silence him.
We are all diverse; some diverse beliefs are more diverse than others.
If the Mets did order Murphy to stop talking about his religious beliefs, what does that mean for the charity work he does with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? Is he not to be an FCA spokesman? The FCA believes in what it calls “sexual purity,” defined by the organization as follows:
God desires His children to lead pure lives of holiness. The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God. While upholding God’s standard of holiness, FCA strongly affirms God’s love and redemptive power in the individual who chooses to follow Him. FCA’s desire is to encourage individuals to trust in Jesus and turn away from any impure lifestyle.
This is standard orthodox Christianity. Does this make Daniel Murphy a bigot in the eyes of the New York Mets organization? Will they order him to sever ties with the FCA? Is his membership in this organization and public support for it a form of speech?