Hemant Mehta absolutely nails it when discussing a cartoon that appeared in the Chicago Tribune after NBA player Jason Collins became the first American male athlete in a major sport to come out publicly as gay. The cartoon tried to compare Collins to Tim Tebow:
Hemant’s response is spot on:
Collins did something no male in the NBA (or several other popular leagues) had done: He came out as gay while still playing professionally.Believe it or not, there’s no shortage of Christians in any sporting league. Need evidence? Just listen to someone on the winning team during a post-game interview.
When Tebow told the world he was Christian — more Christian than other Christians, really, with his eye black messages and on-field prayers — it was annoying. It doesn’t take “courage” to proudly proclaim, “I’m in the majority!”
Not to mention, Tebow chose his religion; Collins didn’t choose his sexuality. Tebow wanted you to become a Christian; Collins isn’t trying to (in fact, can’t) make you gay.
He also points out that it’s Tebow’s brand of fundamentalist Christianity that makes Collins coming out so necessary and important and that keeps so many gay people in the closet out of fear and self-loathing.