My dear Spidey-friend (@thereedkelly on twitter) posted this link and I decided to go to the website, read about the position this site was presenting and leave a comment :-)
This is totally just my personal perspective and I’m so grateful that whatever the heck it is that created me, and keeps me living/breathing has allowed me to share my thoughts and feelings :-) And I’m mostly grateful that I don’t live with as much internal, toxic shame as I did even a year ago…less shame has equalled more courage, love, joy, serenity, peace and self-acceptance :-)
Here is what I wrote in the comment section and I’d love to hear your thoughts and perspective below!
As a non-gay male who is investigating the teachings, historical records and actions of Jesus, I think it’s unfortunate that ESPN (a sports network) has allowed Chris Broussard to voice his spiritual beliefs without the opportunity of another voice or perspective to be heard.
I am totally for free speech and the right of human being to own and express her or his own experience. I haven’t heard another opinion represented yet though, and that is why I am signing this petition.
There is already so much shame surrounding the issue of homosexuality, inside and outside of the church and I feel that an open discussion is healthy, fair and just.
My personal opinion is that it’s not my place to judge or consider someone else’s spiritual walk - it takes enough to just show up for my own life, let alone try to act as a liaison for God in someone else’s life. Experiencing and practicing the wonders of Science, Philosophy, Spirituality, Music, etc. seems to become more enjoyable for me when I consider the idea of unconditionally loving someone else. Maybe that whole idea of “Live and Let Live” is God-like (whatever that may mean to someone) simply because it gives another human the dignity and respect that “God” has already given me; regardless of the actions and choices I’ve made up to this point in my life, the world/earth/universe/God/Spirit hasn’t cut the cord just yet because I’m still living, able to type these words. To me, that says that the sustainer of my life is ok with me and accepts me as I am. Would love to hear that perspective shared on ESPN by someone not specifically in Jason Collin’s camp so that the viewers get an opportunity to hear another viewpoint.
As an avid sports fan, I see some similarities between ESPN, Fox News Network, CNN and The Onion. Each outlet has their own perspective and broadcasts their subconscious ideals. It’s clear that a new discussion is starting in the sports world surrounding the idea of homosexuality and gender orientation and that’s wonderful in my eyes because the more communication we have as people, the less shame and self hatred and hopefully the more kindness, love and joy.
If Chris Broussard is allowed to share his specific opinion on ESPN, I’m looking forward to seeing multiple angles and perspectives from other reporters and journalists who are outside of Jason Collin’s team.
There you have it!
Hope you’re having a great day and willing to do even one kind/gentle thing for yourself and someone else :-)