by: Dan Calabrese
I really don't care what you think about homosexuality - whether you accept the biblical teaching that it's abhorrent in the eyes of God; whether you think it's perfectly natural and fine; whether you think it's awesome in every way. For the purposes of this discussion, I really don't care.
You should have a problem with the fact that anyone in this country is being forced into "sensitivity training" and what amounts to community service time for saying what he thinks about it. And that's what is happening to Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers, as ESPN reports:
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then likely start volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.
Culliver is scheduled to begin working with "The Trevor Project," an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, according to his public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.
"He's so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all," Palmer said in a phone interview Saturday. "He's excited to learn. The plan is with The Trevor Project, and their concerns are that he is genuine about his words."
Palmer said once the education process is done, Culliver could eventually spend time volunteering at a crisis center and in other formats.
"It's just an opportunity for him to learn about his comments and educate himself about the LGBT community, and grow," Palmer said. "It's the first step in learning about his words."
Grow? Learning about his words? Does that not give you the creeps? Look, I understand that this was not imposed by the government, and I suppose Culliver technically had the option of refusing to do any of it. But we're living in a time in this culture - very much encouraged by our president, by the way - in which you simply cannot say anything about homosexuality that goes against the accepted cultural norm, if you are a high-profile person in any way. If you do, the best you can hope for is incessant hounding by the media. And if you want any end to the harassment, you'll have to submit to the sort of re-programming that smacks of the old Soviet-era re-education camps, where they teach you the correct way to think (theirs) and you "learn about your words."
I can see both sides of the question concerning gay athletes. On the one hand, if a guy is attracted to other guys, and you're all walking around the locker room naked - um, sorry, but that's why men and women don't share locker rooms, you know? Is it really that hard to understand why a heterosexual male might be a little creeped out by it? By the same token, I'm somewhat of the opinion that society needs to get over nudity and stop always sexualizing it, and chances are that your gay teammate is not having lurid thoughts about you, so you probably need to learn not to be so focused on it.
But the problem is: I can see both sides, while the "gay advocacy" community and their champions in the mainstream media absolutely cannot. To them, there is one correct opinion and one acceptable way to think, and if you don't adhere to it, you're going to pay a steep price. Making Chris Culliver attend "sensitivity training" and perform community service is treating him like he committed a crime. I don't care what you think of his opinion. That simply should not be. I don't know what you do about it when the media - the supposed champions of the First Amendment - are cheering this on. But someone needs to stand up on behalf of people who are doing nothing but honestly expressing themselves, no matter how out of fashion their opinions may be.
I had to give this a lot of thought. I have friends who are gay and for the most part I have taken the position that each person is responsible for their own choices and answerable for them; it is not my position to judge or enforce my position upon another.
Hoever, for me this was not an issue of right or wrong concerning homosexuality and lesbianism. This is about a person's right to their own opinion and their right to freedom of speech. Each person in this Country has the right to their opinions and are granted the right to speak them if they chose. Just as no one hs the right to tell a homosexual that they cannot speak in support of their choice in public, no one has the right to silence someone who is opposed to this either.
Therefore, no one has the right to penalize this man for speaking out; they do not have the right to make him do community service work or "re-education" and "sensitivity training"; no more so than those homosexuals that took offense need to do the same. Maybe if they had the "sensitivity training" they could be taught to get a tougher skin. It is no different than the little kids in elementary school that will tease another student unmercifully and make their life unbearable. Do you, as a parent, go and fight the battle for your child? Do you go to the parents of the "bully" and make them stop their child? Or is it best to teach your chld that there are people in this world that do this sort of thing and they get pleasure only when they get a reaction, so learn to ignore them and they will eventually stop as they are not getting the desired results. Ignore them and get a "thick skin", etc. I remember the valuable lesson my Mom taught me; learn to laugh at yourself and it takes away the sting when others do it; do not take yourself so seriously that you fail to be able to laugh when you do something crazy or humorous intentionally or unintentionally. Disarm people by being the one to laugh first. At any rate, this is more serious, I know, but the principal is the same. Maybe it is not laughter, but it is still learn to ignore those that you feel have insulted you.
This man's comments are not going to change what gays are doing, so what is the point that someone is trying to make? Further, there is the issue of Freedom of Speech; it is okay for the media to insult conservatives, i.e., Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, John Boehner, and just about any conservative out there under the guise of freedom of speech, but it is not correct for a conservative person to speak ouit against something that they do not believe is right? Hmmmm, sound familiar? That is what the MSM does all the time.
I don't really care what a person does in their private moments but I do resent forcing their agenda from that private action on others as a political movement. It has gone from alleged "rights" to out right propaganda and imposition of their agenda on others via 'sensitivity", course curriculum in schools down to the elementary level, and demands for "rights" that impose on the rights and pocketbooks of others.
I don't know what to say other than that the thought police need to be put out of business. Another thing--can someone explain mandatory volunteering to me? I was under the impression that the two were mutually exclusive.