Last week John Amaechi, a former NBA player, came out of the closet and began promoting a new book about being a closeted NBA player; several days of current NBA players saying, “Sure … I think it’d be OK … to have a gay teammate … as long as they don’t put that gayness on me” while looking profoundly uncomfortable ensued. But then former NBA point guard Tim Hardaway decided to just let rip:
You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.
This of course resulted in a flurry of condemnation, an example of which landed in Wonkette’s tip mailbox an hour ago or so. This one was less about the content of Hardaway’s statements than his style:
Concerned Women for America (CWA) is disappointed that a man who is respected by many sports fans would make such inflammatory remarks. “Hardaway’s comments are both unfortunate and inappropriate,” said Matt Barber, CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues. “They provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in ‘hate’ … His words do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people opposed to the homosexual agenda. It’s perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral … However, the appropriate reaction is to respond with words and acts of love, not words of hate. Jesus Christ offers forgiveness and freedom for all sinners, and that is the heart of the Gospel message. Thousands of former homosexuals have been freed from the homosexual lifestyle through acts of love. Hardaway’s comments only serve to foment misperceptions of widespread homosexual ‘victimhood’ which the homosexual lobby has craftily manufactured.”
There’s really not much we can add to this, but it’s worth noting that the Concerned Women of America’s policy director for cultural issues is a man.
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