Champion boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. expressed his worry that Manny Pacquiao’s words denigrating LGBT people could incite violence against them.
In his Facebook page, Donaire said that he prays that nobody takes the Bible verse that Pacquiao posted about “put to death gays” literally.
“You dont need to accept their lifestyle but id rather not see it turned into actual action. Crazy people may use it as an encouragement to do so just like how others say rap music made them violent or how Islam extremists kill in the name of the their Holy war like Sept 11th,” Donaire stated, verbatim.
Bonaire added that “from witchcraft to the Holocaust to the more recent ISIS… without compassion we will fall. Without love we will fall. Coming from such a well respected devout Christian may make enraged individuals take righteous action in their minds.”
When pressed by a follower to be clear on his position, Donaire stated (again, verbatim): “My stand is taking what the New Testament is leading us not living by the Old Testament. The Old Testament is Moses Law and the New is Jesus Christ law. If you bind yourself to the Old Testament you are saying Christ died for nothing. We are to use it for learning but not law. Study Galatians 2:21 , Romans 15:4 and I Cor. 10:11. The law we are to follow are the ones set forth by Jesus in the New Testament.”
Donaire, also known as “The Filipino Flash”, is a four-weight world champion having won titles in the flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. He is also an interim title holder in the super flyweight division, as well as the current WBO super bantamweight champion.