When news broke that NBA player Jason Collins was coming out the closet, some of our readers wondered why should that revelation make headline news. Besides the fact that Jason is the first, it’s still newsworthy because there are so many naysayers and hate-mongerers that create a hostile environment for players to be openly gay, which discourages them from loving whoever they choose freely. When someone like Jason takes a brave stand, it gives others courage to come out the closet as well, despite what criticism it may incite.
For example, just this morning, Jason announced he was coming out and already, an ESPN reporter held a conversation on air saying he doesn’t believe a gay man can be a Christian. During a one-hour episode of “Outside The Lines,” Chris Broussard said:
“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. And if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever it may be, 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.”
While he’s entitled to his opinion, it’s awful hypocritical to say a gay man can’t be a Christian, because homosexuality is a sin, while judging said gay man which is also a sin.