May 2, 2013

On “Gays” coming out

Posted in Christianity, Right and Wrong tagged , , , at 4:30 am by Lisa Ritchey

Devil Ball Golf

Bubba Watson shows support for ESPN analyst that condemned Jason Collins

By  | Devil Ball Golf – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 2:31 PM EDT

It has been a day since NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay. And despite the fact that it’s 2013, people apparently still get divided on this issue. While most everyone in the sports world seemed to show support for Collins, there were a select few that took the other microphone.

ESPN brought analyst Chris Broussard on during a special “Outside the Lines” to talk about his views, and he was emphatically against the idea of homosexuality.

Here part of what he said, courtesy of Balls Don’t Lie:

[Also: ESPN analyst clarifies views on Jason Collins]

“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. [ESPN’s] L.Z. [Granderson] knows that. He and I have played on basketball teams together for several years. We’ve gone out, had lunch together, we’ve had good conversations, good laughs together. He knows where I stand and I know where he stands. I don’t criticize him, he doesn’t criticize me, and call me a bigot, call me ignorant, call me intolerant.

Now, as my buddy Kelly Dwyer pointed out in his post about Broussard’s comments, there are plenty of things the Bible says that people don’t abide by (working on Sundays? Golfers strive to make that happen), but that didn’t stop Bubba Watson from going to Twitter on Tuesday to show his support for Broussard.

I know that this country we live in is based on freedom of speech, so Bubba is allowed to agree with whatever he wants, but that means I can say something as well.

Golf is basically the good ‘ol boy’s club. We live in a world where, up until 2012, the only golf course that consistently hosted a PGA Tour major championship didn’t have a women member. This is a world where guys have gone on Republican rants so hard that they were forced off Twitter, and a place where all-male clubs are still a big, big thing.

So why must we keep pushing the gas on these things? We live in a world that is transitioning into a more open-minded place each day, with politicians coming forward each day in support of gay marriage, yet one of our recent major champions decided to speak up against an issue that, frankly, isn’t affecting his day by day life. Is homosexuality a sin according to the Bible? Sure, but as Dwyerpointed out in his NBA post on Monday, “(The Bible has been) used as a basis to defend slavery, segregation, the oppression of women’s rights, and laws forbidden the consumption of shrimp scampi.”

[Also: ThePostGame: The road to Jason Collins’ revelation]

I’m not here to change your ideas or opinions, but to simply ask, why hate when there is no reason to hate? Why put down someone for being who they are? If you’re gay, great. If you’re straight, excellent, but this isn’t Capture the Flag. We can stand in this great country together, as a team, patting each other on the back for whatever it is you are. To me, that’s how you become a good person. Not by what you believe or what you read or even what building you pour in on Sunday, but just by going out of your way to be nice to each and every person you run into.

Here are just 41 of the 1,242 comments left below the article.  Notice how the people recognize the media’s bias against Christians and wish gays would just keep it to themselves.  Like one reader says, I am not applauded or called a hero for being straight, so….

And yes, these are edited.  I deleted 2 comments for being totally inappropriate.

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Cubs4eva  •  1 day 2 hours ago
So ESPN brought Broussard in to talk about his beliefs and then people get mad at him for doing just that??? Pathetic. The Bible can be translated and taken anyway that you want it to be. I personally don’t agree with homosexuality. Did Bubba really come out and say anything about homosexuality?… More

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Todd  •  19 hours ago
Jason Collins is gay. #don’tcare

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Yemi  •  1 day 2 hours ago
Oh sorry, I didn’t know your buddy Kelly Dwyer is the leading expert on the Bible. Great example of little knowledge being a dangerous thing.

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Coolhand  •  19 hours ago
with that said…… More

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STANFORD CARDINAL 4 LIFE  •  1 day 2 hours ago
There is NOTHING WRONG with voicing views that are based upon your moral, religious, social or cultural beliefs. Yahoo, ESPN and other gestapo media outlets need to remember that your RELIGIOUS FAITH is protected by the Constitution. A mere claim about your perceived “sexuality” is not.
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6.      Jonathan  •  14 hours ago 

I missed the part where Broussard said he hated Collins. I’m tired of these intolerant liberal #$%$ equating religious conviction with hatred and bigotry.

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Ryan E  •  15 hours ago 

Well, my like for bubba watson just lived longer. He, just like Chris Broussard spoke what they believe, and

didn’t say anything negatively about gays/lesbians. Those that think otherwise need to grow up, rather than criticize the men for saying what the believe in a respectful manner. 

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Yemi  •  15 hours ago 

Oh sorry, I didn’t know your buddy Kelly Dwyer is the leading expert on the Bible. Great example of little knowledge being a dangerous thing.

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Dsciswe  •  5 hours ago 

Also, I’ve never congratulated someone for being heterosexual, so why would I do the same for someone stating they aren’t? Slap them on the back???… More

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B Money  •  11 hours ago 

Who said the word hate? Or even insenuated it? In a non-hateful way, only you.

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Koji Kabuto  •  6 hours ago 

Tolerance is a 2 way street…

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Dave E  •  11 hours ago 

Bacon and Dwyer =Dumb and Dumber.

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Coolhand  •  8 hours ago 

with that said…… More

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A Realist Says Hmmm  •  5 hours ago 

Sounds like Collins would have gotten a less friendly media reception if he had come out as a Christian. The media writers sit on their high horse and preach acceptance, tolerance, and understanding others while condemning anyone that stands for the Christian faith or anything that contradicts… More

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Sluggo  •  14 hours ago 

See how this works with an agenda-driven cause.Promote, promote, promote, get it into peoples head on a daily basis hour after hour after hour.Then have a “major” event like yesterday. Then take a victory lap, then start making the “Enemy List” just like good little Marxists.

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46TSquared  •  5 hours ago 

Because it’s NOT HATE. My god, since when did a respectful disagree become such an offense. This is an attempt to chill free speech by threatening to ruin a person who disagrees with your viewpoint. You point out hypocrisy, it’s the epitome of being close minded. Society is NOT becoming more… More

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CLW  •  6 hours ago 

I guess Bubba won’t be getting any invites to the White House anytime soon!!!!

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Rod  •  7 hours ago 

Freedom of speech…do you believe in it? do you allow people to disagree? do you believe in dissent? America is a melting pot of people from all over the world with differing views…they come to the US to be free free and escape places where opposing views could mean death…they come to be free… More

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B Money  •  11 hours ago 

Interesting how people hold the feet to the fire on a Bible they dont even believe in.

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EthanK  •  5 hours ago 

All these guys are doing is stating what they believe which is part of what makes them who they are, just as Jason Collins has come out as gay is him telling the world a part of what makes him who he is. So bashing bubba or broussard is just as bad as bashing Collins.

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King Arthur  •  7 hours ago 

 It is becoming very clear that we are living in a gay supremacist police state with this continued gay agenda everyday, and the guy on espn cant even exercise his freedom of speech without being intimidated, harrassed, and forced to confess. The gay inquisition has begun, none of us will be allowed… More

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Mike  •  9 hours ago 

Militant gays are bullies all the time and get a free pass, but NORMAL people, I guess, aren’t entitled to the same respect because they just might find the idea of two men rolling around disgusting.

Regardless: What’s wrong with exercising one’s First Amendment Rights when asked for your… More

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Ed H  •  5 hours ago 

Gay or straight I am tired of the subject so I will just shut up.

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Jim  •  15 hours ago 

 Bubba…..thanks for being truthful. It takes courage to come out straight today 

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Tom Ward  •  15 hours ago 

 Your public writings that display your total ignorance of Biblical theology should preclude any criticism towards those who embrace the directives from God. Rationalizing behavior that is repungnant to God (see Leviticus and Romans) is a growing trend embraced by so-called journalists who seem to… More

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Mike  •  7 hours ago 

Look at the forums lately. Everybody is getting sick and tired of Yahoo trying to push gays on America. We don’t want them and we don’t want to hear about them. It is time that everybody from the Forums speaks up and starts voting against this problem of society.

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L  •  13 hours ago  Why do you assume that just because someone disagrees with something they hate the person they disagree with?? That’s crazy . Even God loves the person –but hates their sin and that’s what we’re ton do also as Christians–love the person–Hate the sin!! 

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Vennie  •  7 hours ago 

 Christian’s follow their conscience and they are demonized. Gay’s follow theirs and they are made hero’s. Typical double standard of the “tolerant” left. 

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Ben  •  5 hours ago 

Bubba’s right and so is Chris. Chris did not condemn Jason he said he disagreed with him.

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Todd  •  8 hours ago 

Jason Collins is gay. #don’tcare

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Eric J  •  13 hours ago 

I always knew the NBA was gay. That’s why I wouldn’t waste 5 minutes watching it.

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Jackson  •  14 hours ago 

 Feel the hate for the white man in the above article!

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Toni L  •  7 hours ago 

Way to go, Broussard!

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Joseph  •  39 minutes ago 

since when is a disagreement considered condemnation … ?

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Fred  •  42 minutes ago 

this writer is an idiot if he thinks that just because its 2013 that anything goes… thats the trouble with our world at the moment…..if it feels good do it…. be tolerant of anything i say but dont do anything in your life that offends me…. i will decide the moral values your children should… More 

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Handluke  •  51 minutes ago 

I don’t understand. Why do gays continue to force their sexual orientation on the whole world? If you’re gay, fine. If you’re not, fine. Why do you need to tell me you’re gay? Your sexual preference is your business. Don’t make it mine. 

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Barry  •  52 minutes ago 

Sounds like shane bacon might just be a peter puffer himself. 

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Mike  •  5 hours ago 

why is there a golfer on the sports page?

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SmarterThanMost  •  6 hours ago 

News flash… we aren’t all going to agree and thats our RIGHT as Americans! My religious beliefs are my right; perhaps you’ve heard of the 1st Amendment. It doesn’t make me a bigot, intolerant, etc. it makes me a free person with a God given right to believe what the Bible says… Romans 1… More

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Jaime Lyn’s Ma  •  6 hours ago 

yea bubba! 

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Manchu25  •  9 hours ago 

Gay, religious, I don’t care, Just Win!

G-d does NOT change his attitude about things because culture changes theirs.  His Word endures to ALL generations. (Psalms 100:5)

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Leviticus 20:15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

Exodus 22:16  And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.

These are just a few of the hundreds of Scriptures dealing with sexual relations that are abhorrent to G-d.

So, tell me: If it is an abomination unto G-d,and  this means he looks on it as filthy and absolutely hates it, how can I say it is o.k?

Answer: As a Christian, I can’t!  Yep.  The only answer in order  for me to be true to myself  is to love the sinner, hate the sin.

Nuf said!


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