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The far right Accuracy in Media is not happy that a brand name athlete, Jason Collins, has come out. Rather than accepting tolerance and equality, AIM is directing their displeasure at those who criticized ESPN’s Chris Broussard. During a Monday segment of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Broussard made a statement about Collins that just about any reasonable person would consider to be bigoted.

Accuracy in Media is singing the “intolerant liberals” chorus. It’s a variant of “oh poor us Christians.” It goes something like this (a capella):

  1. Someone says something that is bigoted.
  2. Said person is accused of being a bigot.
  3. Claim that the criticism of the bigot is intolerance while misstating what the original person said.

AIM titles their post Liberal Intolerance 101: Praise NBA gay athlete, demean Christian NBA analyst.

Broussard, a devoted Christian, merely expressed his religious views and
in return, liberals, gays and politically correct critics lambasted
him.

As you can see, below, there is a considerable difference between what Broussard said and what AIM claims he said. As for “merely” expressing his religious views, he might call me a “kike” and they could make the same claim. Mr. Broussard abused his position. His remarks were unsolicited, unnecessary and deliberate. He referred to gays as people living a “homosexual lifestyle.” It wasn’t Mr. Broussard’s place to determine whether or not Jason Collins is a Christian to suit him. According to Mr. Broussard, Gene Robinson, a retired Episcopalian bishop is not a Christian.

What 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. 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.

What Broussard said, according to AIM:

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.” He
went on to say, “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin … that’s
walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ .

Imagine if Broussard had  said:

Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red,
and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference
with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The
fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the
races to mix.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.