don’t have much. I have a small apartment. I don’t own a vehicle. But, I considered myself privileged.
First of all,Because I’m a Christian.
As a Christian, I get to experience some special things.
I can pray and read the Bible in public.
I can wear a shirt with a Bible verse on it.
My “Christian” holidays are honoured.
I’m also not hired or fired based on my faith.
I’m also privileged because I’m a heterosexual male.
Because I can get married anywhere at anytime.
I can hold hands with my girlfriend or wife if I had one.
I have benefits if I want I can support my wife and family. I never have to fight for it. They are given too me if I’m married.
If I choose, I can adopt children.
I’m not rejected because of my sexuality.
Speaking of sexuality, let’s talk about that. Actually, let’s start by talking about Matt Walsh. You know, the Matt Walsh who thinks he’s funny. The Matt Walsh who’s a hipster. The Matt Walsh that apparently speaks for the conservative movement. The Matt Walsh who is a Christian. The Matt Walsh that thinks he is always right.
Well, he’s wrong.
Well, for this we need to have a conversation about sexuality, religion and football.
For this we need to tell the story of Michael Sam.
For those who do not know who Michael Sam is, he is a Defensive Lineman. He attended the University of Missouri. He’s big and tough. He’s talented. He was good enough to be the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. If you know anything about college football. you know that is the best College Football in the United States.
As an aside, he’s gay. He announced it on ESPN on February 9. While there was many who supported him, there was the usual cast of opponents. Westboro Baptist Church and other organizations expressed their opposition. To both Sam and the University of Missouri.
Last weekend Michael Sam had a special moment. The moment many football players dream of all their life. He got drafted in the NFL. Now, he was the second last player picked in the draft, but he was picked in the draft.
Why is this a landmark moment? Because he is the first openly gay football drafted in the NFL. This got coverage everywhere. Including a video of the call that he was drafted. When he was drafted, there was video of him crying. His boyfriend shared a kiss on national TV. A kiss where most of us heterosexual can share with no issue. But a kiss that got a reaction.
Now, Sam has got some attention and has been embraced. He received an endorsement deal. He is also getting a reality show on the Oprah network. He is a celebrity and in general has received some acceptance. He is being praised by some for his courage.
I said some. Because now we bring in a CFL Player named Maurice Price. He is a Christian and he tweeted this.
My faith won’t allow me to ACCEPT what took place over the weekend #AdamandEve #NotAdamandAdam
Now we bring this to Matt Walsh.
Matt Walsh has expressed a concern there is a double standard. See Matt thinks that while we are celebrating Michael Sam for his expression, a man named Tim Tebow, who is Christian was being marginalized for expressing his.
For those who don’t remember Tebow. He was the guy that had Bible Verses on his face while he played football. He was extremely vocal about his faith.
Now, this would be the point that I would link you to Matt”s blog so you can read. But this time, I won’t do it. Why?
Well, Matt said any time you click on his blog that he is going to donate money to what he calls “pro traditional family organizations”. Smarty pants Matt, you forgot others could read. If you want to find the blog, it’s not hard to find.
I’ll summarize it this way. He reminds that football players wished Tebow would “shut up about Jesus”.
See, Matt says. We can talk about people’s sexuality, but not religion. Proof there is a double standard. Right?
While we privileged heterosexual Christian males are enjoying our freedoms, here are the some of the battles people like Michael Sam have been battling.
Criticism of public expression and who they love
Hiding who they love
Hiding who they kiss
The right to have spousal benefits
The right to adopt children
The right for employment based on ability.
That’s right. Matt must have forgot what happened with World Vision. How a group of Christians expressed their anger over a Christian organization hiring people who are in a same sex marriage. We also discussed earlier this week a Christian University being under scrutiny for they way they handle that.
Matt also must have forgot the protests, the signs, the reminders some Christians have told the LGBT community that they will not be accepted. We forget the specific references and policies we have on if we will hire ands based on their sexual or relationship preferences. We call it biblical values. We forget the verses about gossip, slander and others. We don’t have a specific policy on that.
Matt forgot the fact that we have a position of power. We have been put in a position to in a sense, control someone’s fate. A fate that has led people to silence because of a fear of reprisal. A fate that has lead for many, much worse.
The reason people celebrate people like Michael Sam, Ellen Page and others that come out are being praised for their courage is because it IS courageous. The reason it’s discussed is because someone, somewhere may be able to share where they are at.
In order to be a double standard Matt, there needs to be an equal standard.
A standard where all are equal.
Clearly that’s not happening.
So you are wrong.