NBA star dunks on White House over ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’: ‘We should be angry’

President Joe Biden sparked a firestorm of criticism over the weekend when he hailed Easter Day as Transgender Day of Visibility, with even an NBA player lashing out over the insensitive pandering interpreted by many as the mocking of Christianity.

Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac took to social media to say the Biden White House “know[s] exactly what they are doing.”

“They want you to hate! This helps no one and only promotes division,” he tweeted. “They know exactly what they are doing.. we should be angry but shouldn’t lose the spirit of what tomorrow means! Don’t lose focus. Because He is risen there is hope for all.”

Transgender Day of Visibility, one of nearly 40 days set aside each year to mark some portion of the LGBTQ community, falls on March 31 of each year. This year, Easter, perhaps the most important day for Christians after Christmas because it celebrates the resurrection of Christ, also falls on the 31st.

Notwithstanding, the White House issued a proclamation that read: “On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives.

“Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans: You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You belong. You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back. Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility.”

Isaac did issue a follow up statement recognizing that while not intentional, Biden’s official recognition served as a distraction.

He tweeted, “In the name of fairness Biden did recognize the day last year when it didn’t fall on [Easter]! That’s important, and to me, releases the administration from the allegation on intentionality! Instead of deleting the tweet like it never happened this is my good faith retraction lol. The message is the same. Keep focused on what Resurrection Sunday Is all about. Christ defeating sin and death for all people who would believe.”

According to Liberty Journal, while Isaac grew up in church he didn’t develop a relationship with Christ until after he entered the NBA in 2017. 

“I was so used to clinging to the perception that other people had of me and striving to be loved, (but) I started to rest in the love that God has for me,” he said of his faith journey. “I’ve had so many ups and downs, I’ve been injured, I’ve trusted God, I’ve walked with God, and there are a few things I know to be true. I know that the world is changing, and the necessity of you being able to stand up for your faith is only going to become more paramount, (yet) harder to do.”

The player drew national media attention in 2020 when he rejected Black Lives Matter and opted to stand during the playing of the national anthem while his teammates kneeled.

“I didn’t want to align myself with the Black Lives Matter movement and organization. And I felt that a true answer to all the problems that we see, not just racism, was the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, I decided to stand up and share it,” Isaac said at the time.

He also launched an athletic apparel brand last year dedicated to his Christian faith and American values. The company, Unitus, stands for faith, family, and freedom — the logo design is based on the Ark of the Covenant.

Tom Tillison


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