The controversial winner of the 2017 Barbasol Championship and the three-time winner of the Calloway Golf Junior Championships told Big League Politics he supports President Donald J. Trump and loves sharing his love of his sport with young golfers.
“I enjoy giving back to kids in need who can’t play golf without help since it’s so expensive,” said Grayson Murray, whose Barbasol win was his first win on the Professional Golf Association tour and earned him an invite to the 2018 PGA Championship tournament.
First Tee is a youth development organization that introduces young golfers to the game and teaches them integrity, respect and perseverance through various in and out of school programs, he said. The donations will be used to give scholarships to children who would normally not be able to afford to enter the program. On average, 53 percent of First Tee’s students use a scholarship to enroll.
The charity focused on young golfers said it was thrilled Grayson is helping them out with their year-end fundraising drive by matching donations up to $10,000.
“Grayson is challenging the community to join him in providing children with the same opportunity he had to play junior golf and learn the game’s inherent values,” according to the group’s website.
Murray is a 24-year-old golf pro from Raleigh, North Carolina, who said he has had nothing short of a wild ride to the PGA, turning heads for the right and wrong reasons along the way.
He went through three universities before dropping out completely to turn professional and has developed a reputation for his social media chicanery, where he has dissed international golf for being less competitive than American golf, allowing international players to rise through the world rankings more quickly, and asked Playboy model Lindsey Pelas to be his Master’s Par 3 caddie.
Pelas said yes, but Murray missed the cut.
But for his perceived lack of social graces, Murray is also known for his big heart. When he was young, he made his friend’s mother turn her car around so he could give his last $5 to a homeless person. He recently donated $10,000 to a family who was having trouble paying medical bills after reading their story online.
Murray isn’t just a Trump supporter, but rather a Trump facsimile. Each has a penchant for controversy and a passion for golf, coupled with an undeniably big heart that can’t help but shine through.
“[2017 is] the year Trump made America great again,” Murray tweeted in April.
He has also defended Trump’s comments about the dishonesty of the mainstream media.
Trump called out the American cable news media Feb. 17 on Twitter:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Trump’s Tweet came minutes after Murray caused a ruckus on Twitter, calling out fellow PGA player Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau:
Hey @PGATOUR there should be a rule if you get a sponsor invite and withdraw after 28 holes your not allowed any other invites rest of year
— Grayson Murray (@GraysonMurray) February 17, 2017
DeChambeau had a sponsor’s invite to the Genesis Open, a tournament from which he withdrew after 28 holes due to a hand injury and Murray missed the cut.
In May, just about the time when Trump was firing James B. Comey Jr. from his post as FBI Director sending shockwaves through Washington, Murray sent shockwaves through the PGA when longtime friend and caddie Mike Hicks quit after a disagreement with Murray on the ninth hole during the last round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Courageous Bishops Criticize “Devout Catholics” Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi Over Abortion Stances
God bless these bishops.
The mainstream media never tires of highlighting Joe Biden’s cradle Catholicism. “Joe Biden is a devout Catholic!” they exclaim. “Joe Biden was spotted attending Mass on Sunday!” they report. “Joe Biden’s Catholic faith is deeply personal and all about healing!” they declare.
It’s all part of a careful attempt to demonstrate that one can be committed to both the Catholic faith and the tenets of 21st century liberal progressivism.
But many Catholics beg to differ. We think certain tenets of 21st century liberal progressivism—and thus much of the current Democratic Party platform—are fundamentally incompatible with Church teaching, namely that abortion falls under the purview of “reproductive rights,” that same-sex marriage has the same moral legitimacy as heterosexual marriage, and that your gender identity need not conform to your biological sex, to name a few.
And some courageous Catholic priests and bishops have stuck out their necks in order to remind the faithful of this. For example, a recent statement released by the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, reads in part that “our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
Archbishop Gomez says it’s important to bring this to everyone’s attention because “the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.”
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco also recently released a statement in response to Nancy Pelosi, who said that many pro-life voters’ support for Donald Trump “gives me great grief as a Catholic” and accused them of being “willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”
“To begin with the obvious: Nancy Pelosi does not speak for the Catholic Church. She speaks as a high-level important government leader, and as a private citizen. And on the question of the equal dignity of human life in the womb, she also speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years,” the first paragraph of the archbishop’s statement reads.
The penultimate paragraph: “I myself will not presume to know what was in the minds of Catholic voters when they voted for the Presidential candidate of their choice, no matter who their preferred candidate was. There are many issues of very grave moral consequence that Catholics must weigh in good conscience when they vote. But one thing is clear: No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion. ‘Right to choose’ is a smokescreen for perpetuating an entire industry that profits from one of the most heinous evils imaginable. Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”
Nancy Pelosi is notorious for pulling the “Catholic card,” probably even more so than Joe Biden. In 2012 she even met with then Pope Benedict XVI, who no doubt reminded her that human life begins at conception and that all Catholics have an obligation to believe and uphold that truth. Nine years later, however, and her stance on abortion has not changed a bit.
It is clear that one cannot be a devout Catholic and hold the liberal progressive stance on abortion. God bless these bishops for standing up and being willing to correct our leaders who are normally immune from any mainstream criticism.
And if you’re Christian, Catholic or non-Catholic, pray for the souls of people like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. They probably need it. Pray also for the souls of the untold millions of infants who have been murdered by the heinous act of abortion.
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