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.

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What are your thoughts on his comments, Clutchettes?

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  • Why do folks make such a big deal over AN ISSUE JESUS NEVER TALKED ABOUT?? He said ” love thy neighbor as thyself”. Besides, the other folks in the Bible that spoke against gays did not have the knowledge that we have now : hormones & their influences, the fact that both sexes produce male & female hormones, prenatal influences, variations in brain structures, people born with confusing genitalia because of a genetic quirk,etc. THINGS FOLKS HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONTROL ! So Jesus had the right idea…just treat others the way you want to be treated. Too many folks always wanna be haters. Blaise Pascal, the famous mathematician, said it best “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

    • jkkasjkd

      Umm….read acts and romans….saying it’s a sin is not hating. I don’t believe homosexuality is right. That doesn’t mean I hate homosexuals. They are still people that God created and loves very much, but God and myself hates the sin that they are commiting not them as a person.

    • Traci

      You assume that there is hate or dislike involved. That is not the case at all, in fact God will love us all the way to hell. That is the beauty of His love for us.
      He designed us for His glory. That is tough to do when we are living in sin.
      This was an eloquent understanding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIw6ngIqaD0

  • Anonymous

    IMO, he should focus his attention on getting his teeth fixed.

    Is he related to Beyonce?

  • Sayitlikeitis

    Hate the sinner not the sinner.
    For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…..
    ….should we continue to sin for grace to abound……
    …….For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
    This is not being judgemental but it is taking a stand for your beliefs as a christian.
    Homosexuality is abominable to God.Fornication,adultery,premarital sex are equally abominable.

    What is right is right.Lets learn to speak the Truth that is the true word of God and not our twisted version of it.

  • With all respect to gay people, I need to correct this misinformation “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”. If Jason Collins has identified himself as a Christian, this is what the Bible has to say in 1 Corinthians 5 v 12 “What business is it of mine to judge those outside of the church? Are you not to judge those inside? (verse 13) God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you’ ” (NIV). So Broussard is well within his rights as a fellow Christian to judge Jason. Except he wasn’t even judging. He was stating a Christian fact.

    ‘Openly’ he said. It’s important to highlight that as it’s the open disregard for God’s instruction regarding homosexual relationships that would classify Jason being in disobedience to God…if he is a Christian.

    He did not say all gay people. Because you can have gay Christians…yes…people who identify themselves as having the same-sex attraction, but do not act on it out of respect for what God has said about it in the Bible. People who don’t openly (or behind closed doors) live a homosexual lifestyle. These semantics are IMPORTANT.

    Please don’t turn this into a homophobia issue. It’s not that deep. Broussard was ASKED his opinion, and he gave it, and it was correct from a Biblical standpoint. Using awfully paraphrased and irrelevant scripture to express your dislike for his belief and counteract his Biblical reasonings is sloppy and inflames an already very delicate issue.

  • Dion

    In summarization, the Bible states that God created man and woman to become one! That’s true but the Bible also states that no man should judge anybody. In other words, its wrong but who are you to judge?! Let them live there lives…unless you want “in”!