There was a quiet interlude on Monday night/early Tuesday when no one was tweeting or otherwise writing about the Jason Collins story. It was a peaceful time, when most of the world slept. Then dawn broke, and this happened:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 30, 2013
Broussard, of course, said this on ESPN on Monday:
“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.
“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.”
So yes, Collins is getting a lot of support from athletes, politicians and the public at large. President Obama and the First Lady have weighed in to support him. You know the rest.
But ESPN’s Broussard was a notable exception, and now we see he’s not alone. (ESPN issued a statement late Monday, regretting the “distraction” caused by Broussard’s comments. Apparently he will not be disciplined).
Watson signed off on Broussard’s message, and it’s no surprise. An outspoken Christian, Watson has an iPod full of Christian music, and is fond of quoting Christian rapper Lecrae. Bubba wears his faith on his sleeve, and his phone. His frequent tweets about religion have lost him followers (and probably gained him some), and today’s message was no different. It caused a firestorm.
— Chris Rathe (@chrisrathe) April 30, 2013
@bubbawatson Thanks for sharing your sanctimoniousness and intolerance!
— Mark (@marksborrred) April 30, 2013
@fiend4sports “Don’t ask people’s opinion and get mad when they give it.” I don’t recall asking either Broussard or Watson for their views.
— Danielle(@DCPlod) April 30, 2013
So for those keeping score, that’s one Bubba (Clinton) in support of Collins, one against.
My message to Watson is this: If Jesus could stay silent on the subject of homosexuality (there’s nothing in the Bible indicating his views one way or the other), why can’t you? Hey, just asking.