Newest Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter under fire for remarks on gays

Here’s the original LA Times piece where Torii claims he was misquoted by the writer, Kevin Baxter:

“…former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, among baseball’s most thoughtful and intelligent players, isn’t kidding when he says an “out” teammate could divide a team.

“For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” he says. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”

Here’s the Sporting News piece where Hunter says Kevin Baxter misrepresented his view. Hunter is quoted as saying (via his Twitter feed):

Torii Hunter
Tiger Outfielder Torii Hunter, with Tiger owner Mike Illitch in the background.

“I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being. I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true.”

Here’s a follow-up piece by the LA Times on the backlash Hunter is receiving.

For the record, The Center for the Study of God & Culture stands behind Torii Hunter and his accurate representation of what the Word of God says about the gay lifestyle. We have no expectation that the media will be sympathetic to a biblical view of sinful behavior, and will always seek to vilify anyone who holds to that standard. We’re proud of you, Torii.





Our Relief Effort in the Chernobyl Zone

20120110_662Record cold temperatures in Ukraine have already led to the deaths of more than 130 people. You can help us minister to these people through our partnership with Revival Church in Kiev, Ukraine. Our Executive Director, Paul Edwards, is also the pastor of Oakbrooke Bible Church in Waterford, Michigan. This church has helped to start two churches in Chernobyl which are already responding to this crisis. But they need our help.

Our Executive Director is traveling to the Chernobyl Zone of Ukraine on Thursday of this week to distribute food and relief supplies in the wake of the record cold temperatures there. A gift of $10.00 from you would provide food for a family in Chernobyl for one month. Learn more at the link below:

Chernobyl Outreach 2013



Nine Things to Look Forward to in 2013

Edited by Kevin Collard
Communications Director, The Center for the Study of God & Culture

1. History Channel’s The Bible – from “Survivor” creator Mark Burnett’s production company. The 10-hour, five-part miniseries will launch Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. featuring live-action and CGI, will be narrated by Emmy winner Keith David and will feature a musical score by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer.

2. My hope with Billy Graham – in November a nationwide Television event sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic association will feature a multifaceted, technological outreach to seekers around the globe. It depends on YOUR willingness to sign up as a current day “Matthew” and inviting seeker friends for dinner on the appointed night.

3. The One Way Experience Tour – coming to your hometown! Remember the Jesus music of the 70’s? This tour will feature performances by Andrae Crouch, Love Song, Randy Stonehill, Evie, The Archers, and Michael Omartian! A sure way to remember the joy of your salvation.

4. Burning Lights. You won’t have to wait long (January 8th) for the new release of modern praise songwriter Chris Tomlin’s new release Burning Lights.

5. Captain Phillips film- released in March of 2013 will bring us the story of devout Catholic Captain Richard Phillips who was delivering much needed supplies to Somalia when Pirates hijacked his ship. Phillips sacrificed himself for his crew members. Tom Hanks plays the role of this brave man who stayed alive until Naval sharp shooters were able to detain the pirates. Also on July 4th weekend we will see Johnny Depp bring back The Lone Ranger.

6. China is sending a spacecraft to the moon: How will the world respond?

7. Tim Tebow. Speculation has the NFL QB returning to Jacksonville, Florida to play for the jaguars.

8. REALITY TV SHOWS about Christians? TLC Network’s Sisterhood scheduled to premiere Jan. 1, preachers’ wives are the focus in “an honest, behind-the-scenes look into the struggles, triumphs and unique experiences that shape these bold women as they ditch their Sunday hats and morph into the dynamic and influential figures they have become and aim to be.” And Lifetime TV’s new reality show that centers on the lives of preachers’ kids is scheduled to air on the Lifetime Television Network in 2013. Preachers’ Daughters is said to give a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of teenagers whose fathers are Christian ministers, and how they handle worldly temptations with the guidance of their parents.

9. Random Acts of Kindness, the book that sparked the movement, is 20 years old, and to celebrate, the editors of Conari Press have compiled Random Acts of Kindness Then and Now (Feb. 2013), which includes stories from the original book with new material sourced from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. The anniversary edition includes stories of generosity and kindness in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, and Conari will donate a portion of the book’s proceeds to the American Red Cross.


Sometime in 2013, NBC will air Save Me, the sitcom set in the fictional Cincinnati suburb of “Indian Hills.” Anne Heche stars as a housewife who believes she is a modern-day prophet after having a near-death experience choking on a sandwich.