No fewer than two U.S. presidents have weighed in on Washington Wizards center Jason Collins’ announcement that he’s gay. Swooning has been the preferred reaction among media figures and the public, although “Who cares?” is also being accepted as a correct response. The “No H8” crowd has zero tolerance, though, for ESPN’s Chris Broussard and his declaration that he, as a Christian, believes that homosexuality is a sin and living an openly gay lifestyle is “walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.”
Chris Broussard should read Matthew 7:1. Christ told His followers not to judge others. Congrats to @jasoncollins34. God bless him.
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) April 29, 2013
I hope @Chris_Broussard takes some time to reflect on his homophobia when he issues an apology for his hateful remarks. U know it's coming.
— Darian Aaron (@darianoutloud) April 29, 2013
I suppose @Chris_Broussard has a right to his opinion. The great thing is, I have the right to oppose that opinion and call for his firing.
— Mighty Hunter (@MightyHunter) April 29, 2013
Breaking news: ESPN announces return of Rob Parker who will join Chris Broussard for new show "Douche & Douche in the Morning"
— Romie Lee (@RomieLee77) April 29, 2013
Oh Chris Broussard stfu with this bible talk.
— JVMES BAE (@JamesNoPeach) April 29, 2013
Chris Broussard was a hack before he put his homophobic foot in his homophobic mouth. Where these other 'phobes at? #ifyouscaredsayyouscared
— Ben Field-SHUTUP (@benbenbenering) April 29, 2013
— Funnystuff (@funnystuff88) April 29, 2013
@Chris_Broussard Personally nobody cares about your opinion you homophobic jerk! Read the bible before you speak of it.
— Moni R. (@Moni_Mon_R) April 29, 2013
The “unofficial” (and monolithic) Twitter voice of the Oberlin College community has disowned alumnus Broussard.
— Oberlin (@oberlin) April 29, 2013
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 29, 2013
Will ESPN also disown Broussard? A #FireChrisBroussard hashtag campaign is getting fired up.
Join the campaign #FireChrisBroussard
— Matt de Bara (@TheREALdeBara) April 29, 2013
Soooooooo, Chris Broussard says homosexuality is an "open rebellion" to God. #FireChrisBroussard
— LVG (@ZoFresh650) April 29, 2013
— Luke (@tealuke) April 29, 2013
“Evening Jones” host Bomani Jones notes that Broussard’s comments should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Broussard’s work. He’s written about his views on homosexuality before and pretty clearly laid out his own standard of tolerance.
— Aht Uh Mi Hed (@bomani_jones) April 29, 2013
From the piece linked by Jones:
Millions of Christians who follow the Bible — and Muslims who follow the Koran and Jews who follow the Torah, as well as many nonreligious Americans — believe homosexuality is wrong.
That doesn’t mean they’re unenlightened. That just means their moral code doesn’t fluctuate based on society’s ever-changing standards. As long as we’re not being violent toward one another, as long as we can be civil, everything should be fine. We don’t have to agree.
Until we can honestly hear each other out — and be civil while doing so — we won’t get anywhere. One thing I hope this article does is encourage people to have frank discussions about sensitive issues such as this one.
Here’s the bottom line: If I can accept working side-by-side with a homosexual, then he/she can accept working side-by-side with someone who believes homosexuality is wrong.
Broussard has found plenty of supporters online as well who urge tolerance for his point of view.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 29, 2013
If you oppose bullying and intolerance, you should be defending Jason Collins AND Chris Broussard.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) April 29, 2013
Standing with my brother @Chris_Broussard. It's all about "tolerance" until a Christian speaks on what the Bible explicitly says.
— Wit (@iqwitmusic) April 29, 2013
Chris Broussard could not have expressed himself and his beliefs in a LESS bigoted way, rightly not singling gay sex as a sin. Well done.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 29, 2013
Whether some want to accept it or not, Chris Broussard spoke a religious truth and did so in a very Christian and generous way.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 29, 2013
This Chris Broussard backlash makes me feel like when people promote tolerance, they only mean tolerance of things they agree with.
— Paul Runnestrand (@prunnestrand) April 29, 2013
Funny that we praise Jason Collins for being true to himself all morning, and then Chris Broussard does the same and we call him a monster.
— Brian James Etzel (@BeeJayEtzel) April 29, 2013
Yes. RT @davidharsanyi I applaud Jason Collins, but isn't Chris Broussard also brave for being honest about his opinions?
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) April 29, 2013
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to clarify the source of the block quote.