Christian Athlete? Shut up. Gay athlete? You’re a hero.

We all remember the vitriol and contempt that Tim Tebow was subjected to when he chose to ignore the demands of the secular culture and refused to keep his Christian faith discreetly hidden away from public view.

What a monster.

Quite different has been the reaction to Jason Collins, who recently made a splash as the first active player within the “big four” professional sports to come out as gay.  The same media types who succeeded in stigmatizing Tim Tebow to the point that his career may well be over were practically tripping over themselves to declare Jason Collins a hero.

It’s just another bellwether of the decline of Western civilization, and I won’t belabor the point.  In fact, what prompted me to even think of the comparison was this cartoon by Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune, which pretty much sums it up:



You can see more of Scott Stantis’ work here.



Categories:Culture Politics Religious Liberty

  • Veronica

    I think as long as our religion is “against” gay people and fighting their equality, their will be continued calls for us to be silent. Gay people on the other hand aren’t “against” anyone. The sure fire way to make this worse is to continue to persecute gay people and use your religion as the excuse.

    • Jonathon

      There is nothing worse than someone who claims to be a believer in something, in this case Christianity, but says things to destroy it. Homosexuality, is not now, never has been, and never will be compatible with Scripture or the teachings of the Church. This is not a person thing – this is an act that was condemned by God himself. It bothers me that there is such a great number of “cafeteria Christians” who want to bow to this. You should really do some serious soul searching and Scripture reading.

      • joey

        There are different perspectives on Christianity. Because the Catholic Church was the first institution that formed from Jesus’ disciples doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the absolute way. That’s a matter of belief. Yes, this is a Catholic site, and Catholic beliefs do not support homosexuality. However, in terms of general Christianity, this might not be the case. You substitute Christians for Catholics is your post.

    • jgbech

      Veronica, “our” faith is trapped on many old world positions. Cardinal Martini of Milan said the church is hundreds of years in the past. Reverend Sloan Coffin of NY offered that the Bishops steer the church based on what they see in the rearview mirror. Well said.

      Most of the acts of pedophilia seem to be homosexual… young impressionable males taken in by the authority of the cloth. That paradox offers no relief for the hierarchy who continue to cover up the crimes of the fathers.

    • JackB

      Veronica, I try not to be prejudiced, but the actions of the “elite gay” community seem to push the envelop. They want it all and they want it now.

      I have been at Cape Cod’s Provincetown. The gays demonstrate in parades wearing opposite sex clothing, if they are clothed at all, with impunity. That happens in many cities where they openly gay immerse themselves in affection. Have you ever watched two queers trying to out tongue each other. I would not want my kids to witness such ridiculousness. If we know of a gay parade in our community we head in the opposite direction.

  • jgbech

    I thought this site was for Catholics only? Mr. White Identifying Tebow as Christian creates A bit of hypocrisy.
    It seems that nearly every time a writer rushes to judgment they trip over their dogma. Tebow is an evangelical Southern Baptist about as far from Roman Catholicism as one can get. When I was in my teens I remember being told we could not enter a Protestant church. Now we use the all-encompassing tag of Christian as if all is right.
    The art work is also flawed by comparing these two sports figures. It implies that Tebow is better and Collins is bad because he dwells on his homosexuality. The only thing on his mind.

    • joey

      Definitely agree!

  • joey

    I don’t think your explanation is very clear. Yes, I do believe that the media over-inflated the hype with Jason Collins, however, he came out as being gay, which is a feat in itself. Tim Tebow should not have been criticized for his Christian beliefs at all. However, most people in this country belong to some Christian denomination, so it’s not seen as such a big deal. And Antonio, one should be celebrated for being gay and for being Christian. It’s unfortunate that society does not recognize that.

    • Jonathon

      Why should one be “celebrated for being gay and being Christian”? That is a fallacy! You can’t be actively participating in a gay relationship and still call yourself a Christian – that goes completely against the tenets of the Church! What is wrong with the people on this comment thread?

      • joey

        Jonathon, obviously you are not versed in Catholic teaching. Coming out does not mean a person is in a same-sex relationship. Being gay should be celebrated. It’s a part of a person. You are confusing acting upon inclinations with the identity itself

    • Antonio A. Badilla

      “And Antonio, one should be celebrated for being gay and for being Christian. It’s unfortunate that society does not recognize that.”

      But society does. One is celebrated for being gay and one is called even a “hero,” but when one is a Christian, well, the matter changes drastically. Then, one is supposed to practice one’s religion in the closet.
      In this day and age, in this country and in many, why would one be a hero by simply stating one is gay when most people in society, especially in Western society, see homosexuality as O.K?

      • joey

        The mass media celebrates it, not necessarily society as a whole. Publicly stating that you are gay is a bold statement. That person admits that they have an inclination of attraction to people of the same-sex, which has been demonized, criticized, and scrutinized by many. As I said, Christians should also be praised for their support to their beliefs. However, as most of this country is made up of Christians, it seems like a pretty common thing to state one’s beliefs about religion. And no, no one should live their religious lives in the closest, but that comes at a cost. People must be willing to understand other people’s beliefs and not force them upon others.

  • Antonio A. Badilla

    I'{s very simple. In our society one is celebrated for being gay, one is NOT celebrated for being Christian!

  • Kevin



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