I’m tired. Just really tired.
Tired of ignorance. Tired of fear. Tired of how some use both as weapons, cloaking bigotry as patriotism or religious freedom.
The latter happened with a man named Ken Harrison, the chairman and CEO of the Promise Keepers, an Evangelical Christian organization that opposes same-sex marriage and champions that men should head the household. Harrison appeared recently on an extremist right-wing show when he said, in part:
“One of the things they’re doing to make their agenda happen is destroying the identity of the American people, and if they can get Christians, especially Christian men, to sit down, be silent and be passive, then they can be effective.
“It’s working. Christian men are not standing up for what’s right. I mean, you think about how quickly we went from homosexual marriage to men putting on dresses, being called women, and playing on women’s basketball teams. Where are the Christian men?”
Who is the “they” he’s referring to? Not sure. Some combination of the HollywoodLiberalEliteLeftistSocialistsCommunists.
Normally, a story like this would just stay in that corner of the Internet and do what that type of stuff does.
Except this time is different, because this time, the Promise Keepers are having a live event in July at AT&T Stadium. The same stadium used by the Dallas Cowboys. Harrison says there will be “80,000 Christian men” attending.
Comments like Harrison’s shouldn’t be anywhere near an NFL team. A company like AT&T shouldn’t be associated with them, either.
In an email interview with USA TODAY Sports, Harrison was asked if he regretted making those comments.
“Look, today’s culture is blurring the lines when it comes to sexual identity,” he wrote. “Both Promise Keepers and I subscribe to a Biblical worldview when it comes to male and female, and that’s one of the religious freedoms we celebrate in our nation. Sometimes we agree with culture, and sometimes we don’t.”
Harrison, in response to my labeling his words as hate speech, responded, “The irony of defining my words as hate speech is that is exactly the opposite of what we teach. All people everywhere are welcome to come to our rally to celebrate and be unified around the fact that God forgives the sins of all who believe in Jesus.”
Obviously, all people are not welcome.
By allowing this conference to happen at one of football’s meccas, and by AT&T allowing it, they are helping to mainstream hate speech.
Click here to read more.
Source: USA Today