As Western Journalism reported earlier this week, Miami Dolphins linebacker Don Jones received an outrageous punishment for posting his response to a televised kiss between recently drafted NFL player Michael Sam and his “boyfriend.”
Former NFL player Derrick Ward said he received death threats for criticizing the inclusion of the kiss in an ESPN broadcast his children watched.
The league’s first openly gay player has sparked a nationwide conversation, largely fueled by leftist media outlets looking for an opportunity to disparage conservatives opposed to the perverse lifestyle.
As the cohost of CNN’s Crossfire, Newt Gingrich recently debated the issue with former green jobs czar Van Jones and retired NFL player Jamal Anderson.
“You guys talk about how you want to be inclusive,” Gingrich said, “except of course, if somebody tweets this, then having a death threat or let’s send them off to sensitivity training.”
He concluded that such behavior strikes him not as inclusion but repression.
“Is it repression to try to teach them to be understanding and open to other people, especially when you talk about people they have not been exposed to?” Anderson shot back.
Gingrich replied that what the gay community expects is a two-way street.
“Shouldn’t you also be teaching people who are gay to be open and understanding of people?” he responded.
That opinion does not simply reflect conservative sensibilities on the issue. Leftist ESPN broadcaster Stephen A. Smith issued a politically incorrect response very similar to Gingrich’s position.
“People should have the freedom to not want to be associated with that or not want that in their face,” he said of the clip aired on his own network.
Furthermore, he said it is “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.”
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