ESPN analyist pukes his Christianity onto Jason Collins.

An Christian ESPN broadcaster does not like Jason Collins’ gayness, and he picked a really inopportune time to talk about it:

Broussard, however, seems not as forgiving or accepting as the Savior he states to follow, particularly where homosexuality is concerned. He voiced his point of view, ironically, in the presence of ESPN’s LZ Granderson, another very popular commentator who happens to be gay.

His comments from his appearance on ‘Outside the Lines’ were:

“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly 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’s a sin. 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. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

The response should be simple: if god wants me to be less happy, he’s an ass.  And if being a Christian means denying who I am, then I don’t want to be one.

  • Glodson

    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. I would not characterize that
    person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would
    characterize them as a Christian.

    If you’re openly living in unrepentant bigotry, whatever it may be, and not just homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, whatever it my be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to humanity and compassion. I would not characterize that person as a good person because I do not believe the definition of a good person would characterize them as a good person.

    tl:dr Chris Broussard is an unrepentant douchebag, and should be mocked.

  • Rain

    @Chris Broussard

    I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.

    “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

    Chris Broussard, by his own criteria, not a Christian, LOL.

    • Glodson

      Yes, but his reaction is what we consider the normal Christian reaction. A man bravely comes out, having first hand experienced the pressures to not be gay, not be feminine, in a subculture that is even harsher than the mainstream culture, and Broussard feels the need to make sure that Collins knows he’s already in a marginalized class.

      Somehow, Collins trying to be open and honest about his homosexuality is an affront to Broussard’s morality.

      • Rain

        Undoubtedly true. It’s funny he doesn’t know his own Bible though. The only verses I know that might possibly say who is or isn’t Christian would be the “cannot be my disciple” type of verses. Otherwise I don’t know where he thinks the Bible says who can or can’t be a Christian. Presumably anyone can be one!

        • Rain

          “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

          Let me put it this way. Either everybody can ignore those types of “who can be a Christian” verses and just say the hell with it and be a Christian if they want to be, or nobody can be a Christian because Jesus’s various rules and philosophies were just too impossibly stupid.

          • Rain

            Actually “short-sighted” might be a little more accurate than just plain “stupid”, since Jesus and Paul etc. obviously were expecting the sky to fall at any moment soon, really really soon, any day now. Which never happened of course. And which nobody in Christianity seems to notice, LOL. Okay enough “fisking” of myself, for now…

  • http://twitter.com/TechnoSpice Lucinda Poe

    The irony being coming from a guy who cuts his hair, and wears mixed fabrics, two no-nos not a stone’s throw away from homosexuality.

    • islandbrewer

      Oh no! Jesus said those were ok, just like pork and shrimp, because of reasons. And because Jesus died so we could eat bacon and wear mixed fabrics (but not be gay).

      No, I still don’t completely understand that rationale.

    • Loqi

      I was told all sins were equally bad. I hope I wasn’t misinformed there, because as soon as I got my first haircut while wearing polyester, I figured I might as well go give a few BJs since I was already damned.

  • stop2wonder

    I’m not defending his bigotry. I’m defending his honesty when asked to speak it.

  • Glodson

    An observation:

    Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals…

    Does he have a history of coming on to blast players who have lovers? Does he go after the guys who have fathered children out of wedlock by suggesting they cannot be Christian?

    • Loqi

      I don’t understand this either. If my religion taught me to hate every professional athlete out there except Tim Tebow, I wouldn’t apply for a job at ESPN.

      • Glodson

        Don’t forget Ray Lewis.

        It isn’t like anyone ever suggested that Ray Lewis is anything as bad as gay.

        • Loqi

          I’m not 100% sure of that. I’ve long suspected that he had covetous thoughts about his neighbor’s Super Bowl ring. Other than that, though, exemplary warrior for Christ. That guy outside the nightclub was probably out for purposes of fornication.

  • islandbrewer

    You know, I DO find it a little hard to believe that the people who work with Broussard had no idea how he would react and what he would say. It’s very conceivable that someone at ESPN was looking for a bit of culture war theater.

  • Loqi

    I don’t see this as defending Broussard. I seethis as an indictment of ESPN, because they knew what they were doing and did it anyway.


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