Has it really come to this – people getting fired for using their personal twitter account to express their views in favor of traditional marriage?
Damian Goddard, the now-former host of “Connected” on Rogers Sportsnet, had tweeted his support of Burlington hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who created a stir this week when he criticized New York Rangers hockey star Sean Avery for shooting a TV ad backing gay “marriage.”
He also voiced support for U.S. Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar, who resigned as chef de mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team after homosexual activists created a controversy over his support for true marriage.
Sportsnet had distanced themselves from the comments on their own Twitter account. They announced Wednesday that Goddard had been fired and did not specify the reasons. [LifeSiteNews]
Damian, for his part, seems to be taking this in stride:
And he told a local newspaper: “In terms of what I said, I stand by it. I’m a devout Roman Catholic. It’s not about hate at all.”
We can be sure that Damian is getting lots of flack for his stand on Twitter. I say we should let him know we’re on his side – here’s an example of how I did that.
Damian’s story should also serve as a wake-up call for the rest of us: how confident are we that our pro-marriage, pro-life and other views won’t hamper our ability to hold down a job and provide for our future, or to simply live freely?
Sure, we may consider ourselves pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-religious freedom (for instance), but do we really fearlessly believe we can express our views in public, at our work place, among our friends, without opening ourselves up to reprisal? I think it’s a useful question to ask.
I was inspired to think more about this question of religious freedom under attack while attending the annual Canterbury Medal Awards hosted by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty last night.
This year’s winner of the award, Eric Metaxes, wrote a New York Times bestselling biography of Deitrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Nazi germany whose attempts to save Jews during the Holocaust led to his eventual arrest and death in a concentration camp.
In his keynote address, Eric Metaxas noted that Bonhoeffer’s witness is inspiring to us today because he attempted to live his Christian faith fully – with all its sacrificial demands – right to the gallows.
Most of us will –please God– never be called to lay down our life for our Christian beliefs. But many of us are called to help those who are being persecuted for their beliefs, and are called to help those (like those at the Becket Fund) whose mission is to come to the aid of those who are being persecuted for their beliefs.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer strived to live his faith fully in the face of extraordinary pressure, and we should attempt to live our faith extraordinarily under even everyday pressure.
I think Damian Goddard knows something about that now.