On Monday, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, who appeared on the network’s program First Take, finally brought some level-headed thinking to the whole Michael Sam homosexual kiss hullabaloo. When asked for his take on the football furor, Smith responded, “My reaction to the kiss itself is that it didn’t bother me … if that’s how he chose to express himself, so be it.”
However, Smith then provided two caveats to his general opening statement. “I do think it needs to be said, a couple of things…,” he began.
First, Smith explained that although he hadn’t actually seen the footage of Michael Sam and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano smashing cake into one another’s faces and kissing in celebration, he admitted, “If I saw all of that … I would say the same thing I would say to a heterosexual couple: ‘Get a room.’”
Second, he blasted the Miami Dolphins’ management for their knee-jerk decision to suspend safety Don Jones after he tweeted “OMG” and “horrible” in response to watching the messy kiss between Michael and his boyfriend Vito on live TV. Smith stressed that people should not be punished just for reacting negatively to a homosexual couple kissing, and insisted that those who do not condone homosexual behavior should also be respected.
“When it comes to the players and their tweets, I don’t believe they should have been punished for it. I’m of the mindset that there is freedom of speech. People have the right to say what they feel and if there are ramifications for it, so be it. If advertisers and sponsors and them, they don’t want to endorse them or something like that, then that’s the price you clearly was willing to pay and you have to pay it,” Smith adamantly argued. “But I think it’s a very, very dangerous thing when people see something and they have a problem with what they’re seeing and they express themselves and ultimately they’re fined.”
Smith further admonished homosexuals for their blatant lack of tolerance, stating, “I’ve implored in the past for the ‘gay’ community to understand and accept what I’m about to say again. That doesn’t mean that everybody’s going to like you, and like what you see, and as a result of that, people should have the freedom to not want to be associated with that or not want that in their face.” Finally! It’s about time we heard a voice of reason coming from a member of the liberal media establishment.
“I wish the church would stand up and state their case whatever that is,” Smith vented as he challenged believers to speak up, which is exactly the opposite of what everyone else in the lamestream media has been trying to tell the church. And Smith is exactly right. It’s about time for the church to make themselves heard on this issue. If not now, when? If not us, who? If not on this subject, then what? It’s about time for Christians to finally realize that every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of liberty — freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, conscience and the list goes on and on. If the church waits until the homosexual mob is beating down our doors like the Sodomites at Lot’s house, it will be way too late by then.
Fellow ESPN commentator, Skip Bayless, who is a Christian, also interjected that although the “gay” community may have viewed Sam’s display of affection as “tender,” “compelling and powerful,” those who do not feel the same way should also be equally entitled to their opinions without fear of reprisal.
“I also defend the right of those who believe that the Bible says a man should not be with a man and a woman should not be with a woman. If you believe that, then because your country was founded on religious freedom, then you have the right to believe that. But again, those in the locker room, who hold that spiritual or Christian view, that biblical view, they still, they need to be tolerant of Michael Sam,” asserted Bayless.
Bayless also insightfully observed, “For those who don’t believe it, the repetition [of the homosexual kiss] on this and other networks was cringe worthy after a while: ‘Gee it’s again and again, you’re sort of rubbing our nose in it here.’”
“If we’re going to call ourselves a Christian nation,” Smith demanded, “then we have to be sensitive to some of the beliefs that emanate from the Christian religion.” Wow! Sensitivity towards Christians? Not exactly what you expect to hear from a network like ESPN. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I heard something like that coming from a non-religious broadcasting network. But it certainly is refreshing.
“[When a person is] in the process of learning it, Skip, when someone is willing to say….‘I was watching the NFL draft. I didn’t expect to see that. It just shocked me. And oh by the way, it was shown over and over and over again and I wasn’t ready for that.’ Is that wrong? Is that a crime? Is that something that warrants a fine and being ostracized from team activities until training community?’” Smith asked. All great questions. And such reactions, as made by Miami Dolphins’ player Don Jones, most certainly don’t warrant such outrageous, over-the-top homosexual histrionics.
Smith concluded with this final indictment, “The ‘gay’ community talks about and alludes to tolerance and an elevated level of understanding … but if somebody else ain’t ready for that, and all they’re saying is, ‘Wow, I didn’t expect to see that while I’m watching the NFL draft.’ Really, that’s a problem? That’s my point!” Point well taken, Mr. Smith. Point well taken.
That about says it all with regards to the insidious intolerance of the homofascists. Nice to hear it coming from ESPN! Because we’ve been saying it for a long time now.
But it sure feels good to finally see someone in the media catching on.
Maybe the ‘gay’ gig is up.
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