WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Any time a story forces sports people to leave their comfortable box and talk about religion or politics, waiting for a controversial statement is like clockwork.
So unfortunately, when news broke that Jason Collins was coming out as the first openly gay professional athlete in American team sports, it came with a caveat that the moment would be inevitably be spoiled by someone’s ill-fitting commentary.
Chris Broussard stepped up to the plate for ESPN Monday, in a conversation on Outside The Lines with openly gay correspondent LZ Granderson.
When asked by the host for his thoughts on Collins being a Christian, as well as a homosexual, Broussard’s response was … uncomfortable.
“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals,” Broussard began. “If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the bible says ‘You know them by their fruits; it says that that’s a sin. And if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality – adultery, fornication, pre-marital sex between heterosexuals, whatever is may be – I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God, and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize that as a Christian.”
Fortunately, Granderson came armed with logic.
“My response is that faith, just like love, just like marriage, is personal and that if you try to use a broad brush to paint everyone’s faith, what you really are painting is a world in which is comfortable for you, and not a world in which in this country, we’re allowed various forms of religion,” Granderson said. “And just because someone doesn’t agree with one person’s interpretation of the Bible versus the other, doesn’t mean that they have exclusive rights to dictate how that person should live. I would love to not have premarital sex, but in this country, I’m not allowed to get married.”