Tales From the Hilltop
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Episode Forty-Eight: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Pariahs

It’s amazing how intentions these days can label people villainous in today’s American society. What can sound like a simple disagreeing statement, can lead to someone being branded all types of things, even when a person takes a stand on an issue they didn’t even ask to do.

Today’s episode is focused in the wake of what some would call a “great relevation” in professional sports. Jason Collins, a veteran of the NBA, announced earlier this week that he was gay, making him the first male athlete in any of the Big Four sports leagues (The NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB) to do so. Since then, he’s been given a hero’s response by virtually everyone in society; from athletes, to political figures, to media personas alike. Although Mr. Collins has been cheered for his bravery to come out to the world by the majority of America (in public, at least), naturally, there are some people who didn’t share his trumph.

One of which is Chris Broussard.

If you’ve never heard of him, Mr. Broussard is a reporter and analyst at ESPN, specializing in NBA news. When asked on an on-air program called Outside the Lines about how his reactions toward Mr. Collins’s stand on being openly gay, here was his response:

“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.”

Pretty straight-forward, right? Not really a disrespectful shot to Mr. Collins, but more so an admission to Mr. Broussard faiths and ideals, right?

WRONG…or at least, perceived to be.

For these comments, Mr. Broussard has endure a ton of criticism, ranging from being called a “bigot” to “homophobic” and everything in between. Even ESPN has “apologized” for his remarks in an attempt to do damage-control in the backlash this whole controversy has caused.

OK. I have a ton of beef with this entire thing, starting with this simple statement: “Exactly WHY does the country hate Broussard for simply speaking his mind?” He wasn’t disrespectful. He didn’t insult Collins, nor use offensive language. All he did was simply state how his faith influenced his views on this situation. For that, he pretty much became a another pariah in American culture, succumbed to the ongoing stranglehold of political correctness.

Look, let me state this for the record: I honestly do not care, positively or negatively, about either Jason Collins announcing to the world of his sexuality (something that shouldn’t really be important in sports, anyway), nor of Chris Broussard’s stand on his Christian faith. I am tolerant of all races, beliefs, creeds, and lifestyles so long as they don’t put anyone in any immeadiate danger to their well-being or life, and being either gay or Christian (or both, in some cases) does that, so whatever. (Plus, I’m Agnostic, so I could care less about who prays to what God.)

MY issue here is how did political correctness get SO prevalent in America, that anyone who disagrees with virtually anything these days, in danger of becoming a pariah or shunned by their community? I mean, the last time I checked, we had a 1st Amendment in the US Constitution that guaranteed the right to free speech and freedom of expression. This should not come with an asterisk on it, secretly saying “use at your own risk.” It never did before. I’m not sure how people are suppose to behave in society anymore, especially in today’s media and social network. Are we all supposed to live like agreeable drones, devoid of our own opinions and emotions? Can there truly be an open-mindedness in our world if it’s constantly challenged and shot down at every turn?  

Look, the simple truth about us humans is this: we all don’t pray to the same God (Hell, some of us don’t believe that a God even exists), we all don’t have the same biological urges, nor do we all live the same lives. People are unique, and so are their choices. They chose to live the best life for THEM, not for anyone else…or at least, that’s what we’ve been groomed to accept all our lives. Apparently, this entire ideal is only a half-truth. The REAL truth that has become apparent to me and many others is this:

If you disagree with it, keep it to yourself. If someone asks you about it, either go along with it, or just don’t say anything.

How sad…and terrifying now.

5/2/2013

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