Apr 30, 2013

When NBA player Jason Collins bravely came out and announced his truth to the world there were a lot of people that openly support him and some not so much.

One of my favorite expressions of support actually came from a player that I'm not a big fan of, Kobe Bryant.  I honestly thought he had the quote of the day when on Twitter he wrote: “Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others.” He added the hashtags “courage” and “support.”

Kobe was joined by countless other current and former professional athletes in their expression of support for Collins, but then there were some who wholeheartedly disagreed with Collins such as ESPN Chris Broussard who based his disagreement on his religious beliefs.

Here is what Broussard had to say about Collins coming out of the closet:

Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would characterize them as a Christian.

Now it's easy for some of us to lampoon what Broussard said, but if we're being honest we can't pretend that he resides in some sort of vacuum where he is the only person that has these types of thoughts.  How many times have you been in Church and heard your pastor express the same sentiment when it comes to homosexuality?

I actually didn't have to look too far to find plenty of people that openly agreed with what Broussard had to say.  Many were on Facebook as well as Twitter expressing the same sentiment.  Some even expressed not understanding the need for gay athletes to come out of the closet.  They said that straight people don't come out to the world announcing that they're straight so why do gay people have to come out and announce that they're gay.

The comparison was so preposterous that I felt it best for me to just ignore the entire conversation.

You see, I've made it no secret that I am a strong proponent of gay rights and gay people, but I can also respectfully disagree with a person without lambasting their religion. 

Now with that being said, I've always found it quite interesting that people use the Bible to justify attacking homosexuals when it was the same bible that was used to justify American slavery.

Muslim extremists use the holy Qu'ran to justify the killing of infidels, but yet you'll be hard press to find a lot of people encouraging their beliefs by saying it's justified because it is in the Qu'ran.

Is killing a person's spirit not just as deadly as killing a person's body? 

Tearing down a person because they express their truth is an attack whether or not you use your religion to justify it.


1 comment:

  1. I don't think there is ever justification for "attacking" someone. If someone disagrees with a certain point on the basis of their faith, then so be it. To say someone is not a Christian...I didn't know that a Christian was sin-free. All Christians contend with sin on some level. Quite frankly I'm not so sure that God has the same hangup with our issues as much as we do.

    From a political perspective the church has lost a lot of credibility with me. I am so glad there is a separation of church and state.

    As for Jason Collins specifically, most of the criticism that I have read thus far is the fact that he lived this doublelife while in a relationship with his former fiance for 8 years. Lots of people are up in arms about that.

    Cynically speaking, he will capitalize off of this moment. I don't know if his basketball career is over since he is in his mid 30s and not on a winning team. He has set up his post-basketball career pretty nicely if he is interested in commentary/speaking/writing. At the same time, I think some team will pick him up at least for a year so the NBA won't look like they are discriminating, even though he is on the downside of his career.