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05/06/2013

Baptist pastor compares Jason Collins's sexuality to adult club signs, Ty Cobb's violent racism

by Jeremy Hooper

The first openly gay NBA player is to be equated with Pete Rose while he was gambling an Ty Cobb while he was displaying violent racism. So says this Baptist Press writer:

Imageserverdb.Asp-2 "I agree that it is a landmark moment, but it is a sad and troubling landmark that has now been set upon the landscape of professional sports and our culture -- like those lurid adult club signs that mar and pockmark the beauty of the natural scenery alongside interstate highways."

"Telling [Jason] Collins to embrace his sinful desires would be like telling Pete Rose to embrace his gambling addiction or telling Ty Cobb to embrace his violent racism. Sinners need rescue from sin, not affirmation to continue in it."

—Jeff Robinson, preacher Philadelphia Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, writing for Baptist Press

Doubly offensive when you consider that Mr. Collins is a black man. I'm sure he has his own views on "violent racism"—views that he would detach to something other than his (or anyone's) capacity to love.

But whatever. Compare us to gamblers. Liken our progress to adult club signs on the highway. Equate our freedom with past oppressions, in hopes that it will absolve you of your obvious desire to discriminate. It's all animus, plain as day. And every stroke of the key that pecks out this kind of glaring (and shocking) hostility is helping us move the needle in our direction.

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