So there are people calling for this guy’s dismissal … and frankly, I agree. People who make it a point to speak out in support of discriminating against a particular group of people and who would consider it n honor to lose thier job over such an idea doesn’t belong in a position of power. But hey, he’s a man of faith, right?
[Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown] attended an Omaha City Council hearing and testified against an anti-discrimination ordinance that extended protections to gay and transgender people.
In Brown’s three-minute appearance, he challenged ordinance sponsor Ben Gray and other members to remember that the Bible does not condone homosexuality. He told council members they would be held to “great accountability for the decision you are making.”
I’m sure a number of people are well aware of the fact that the bible doesn’t appear to condone homosexuality. In fact, the reason why Gray and others put forth an ordinance like this is because of chowderheads like Brown who use the bible as an excuse to treat people he doesn’t like as second-class citizens.
Sort of how his parents and grandparents were likely treated back during the civil rights era, I would guess. Keep in mind that the bible was also used to condone slavery for a good long time, to the chagrin of the abolitionists who realized they didn’t have much of a scriptural leg to stand on.
What Brown is seeing in action – and what he fears, oddly enough – is yet another step forward of the modernity of society. This set of laws is a simple response to the archaic, outdated set of rules that instead uses secular moral philosophy and rational discourse as its foundation.
If we were to adhere to what the bible does condone, we would still be stoning adulterers and rape victims, keeping Kosher, and owning other people as property. Society has outgrown so much of the bible that it seems almost comical now to use it as a basis for anything … even if it does have some good ideas tucked away amidst the genocide and suffering.
“The question I have for you all is, like Pontius Pilate, what are you going to do with Jesus?” Brown asked. “Ultimately, if you don’t have a relationship with him, and you don’t really have a Bible-believing mentality, really, anything goes… At the end of the day it matters what God thinks most.”
I had to include this because of the suggestion that some kind of reliable, absolute moral code can only be taken from the bible. Obviously, this isn’t true or else all of the things I just described above would still be going on, and I suspect we’d rightly be treated kind of like Afghanistan by the rest of the world.
In addition, the implication that you can’t have morality without the bible and a belief in god seems disingenuous at best. That essentially tells me that a “person of faith” isn’t doing any of the things he or she does because they benefit humanity or ease suffering. Instead they do ti because they fear the wrath of the god they are convinced is watching their every move with a supernatural, unseen eye. That kind of morality is a fraud. It’s not genuine goodness or benevolence; it’s obedience out of fear of eternal punishment.
I also chuckle at the “anything goes” jab at the end. Cute touch coming from a person who had all of his “sins” – no matter how terrible – wiped away just be accepting Jesus Christ as his savior. It sounds to me like Christians are the ones who believe that anything goes.
To be fair … I am also convinced that a great deal of Christians do good things because they are, in fact, genuinely good people. Such acts of generosity and compassion, then, are not predicated on a belief in the supernatural, and would be done even if we knew for a fact that their god – or any god – simply didn’t exist.
It was not the first time Brown has spoken out against homosexuality, and not the first time people have called for his dismissal for doing so.
“To be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn’t win enough games,” Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I haven’t lost any sleep over it. I realize at some point, we live in a politically correct enough culture where that very well could happen.”
Funny, I hear the same complaints about political correctness by racist assholes who make watermelon-and-fried-chicken-in-tha-hizzouse comments about President Obama, or walk around those Tea Party protests holding up pictures of him in a grass skirt with a bone through his nose.
It’s not “political correctness” to give people equal treatment and not consider them second class citizens. It’s the right thing to do. The fact that some people are bothered by this – to the point of being “honored” to face termination over having such an attitude – says far more about the person harboring such hostility than it does about our society.
“I have simply said that based on the Bible, homosexuality, the lifestyle of homosexuality, is a sin,” he said. “That has created a flame within itself. But I’ve decided I’m not going to be afraid of people calling me a bigot or a homophobic or narrow-minded out of a simple, gentle, compassionate expression of the truth of God’s word. I’m not going to be bought off by that.”
I would be willing to call him all of those things, but more importantly, I think “idiot” might do nicely too. There is a whole host of activity condemned in the bible, punishable by stoning or the loss of one or more body parts. To cherry pick the one thing that has become a hot-button issue during the last decade and ignore the rest of “God’s Word” that has been collectively dismissed by the rest of the civilized world isn’t love or compassion.
It’s bigotry, ignorance, and intellectual dishonesty rolled up into one.
“The same thing that was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today,” Brown said. “The thing that was right 2,000 years ago is right today.”
… and with that comment, I feel I can freely dismiss what little credibility he had left.