Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ESPN Pushes Same-Sex Marriage and "Equality"

It seems that every time I have turned on ESPN or clicked on their website recently, I have run across another commercial or article that pushes same-sex marriage or a gay "equality" issue. Just a sampling of recent articles I found on ESPN:
These are just a small sampling. Then there are monologues and interviews about "breaking the barriers" in sports. One example:



I did find a couple of articles (compared to an avalanche on the other side) about David Tyree, a former NFL player, who came out in opposition to same-sex marriage. But, the way they frame the issue makes him sound like a zealot to be ignored and caused "widespread opposition". In fact, the one article which defended Tyree's right to speak up had to be defended with another article.

My guess is the reason this is happening comes from the following:
  1. To be liked in entertainment, including sports broadcasting, means you have to lean toward a progressive stance in politics and social issues.
  2. Same-sex marriage is the "in" thing to push right now in sports and politics. It makes you seem "open-minded".
  3. There is still a macho atmosphere around many sports that treats badly those who do not conform to these false understandings of masculinity. We must fight these ideas as well, but not by supporting another error.
  4. Then there are the two reasons I have written about previously.
Pray for our culture and don't forget that we must never unjustly discriminate against someone because of a same-sex desire, but we are called to love them with true love - choosing what is best for them, despite what it might cost us. As the Catechism says:
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

3 comments:

Mr. Aitchison said...

Marcel, I'm glad you posted this. I have been noticing this on ESPN a lot lately as well. My immediate reaction today was, "Why is this on here? This isn't sporting news!"

I would encourage you (to encourage your readers) to do more than just recognize what is going on. Please include a link to the "contact us" page at ESPN and encourage us to use our voices when we see this kind of stuff. We Catholics are too often passive in these matters. We need leaders like you to push us to actually do something as well.

Thank you!
Greg

Mr. Aitchison said...

Follow-up to my last post:

Fellow readers, I just sent this to ESPN.com (via the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of their page). If you have 15 seconds to spare, feel free to copy/paste this exact message and let your Catholic voice be heard.


Hi, I am writing today because of my recent notice of how many homosexual marriage articles have been posted on the front page of ESPN.com lately. It seems like every other day a new headline pops up about an athlete speaking on this issue. I, for one, don't care what famous athletes think about this issue and I don't see how it warrants constant publicity from ESPN. Furthermore, I have been disappointed to see so many articles/videos so nonchalantly push in the direction of an all-out support of homosexual marriage. Since when did ESPN get it's own soapbox in regards to issues of social morality? I have always been impressed with ESPN for its constant work in SPORTS reporting but lately I (and many other men I have discussed this with) have been disappointed by its need to jump into the pool of fad politics. Please stick to what your business is best known for and show some tolerance and fairness to those who disagree with the moral views of a few athletes.

Thanks you,
Greg

Mr. Aitchison said...

Hi, I am writing today because of my recent notice of how many homosexual marriage articles have been posted on the front page of ESPN.com lately. It seems like every other day a new headline pops up about an athlete speaking on this issue. I, for one, don't care what famous athletes think about this issue and I don't see how it warrants constant publicity from ESPN. Furthermore, I have been disappointed to see so many articles/videos so nonchalantly push in the direction of an all-out support of homosexual marriage. Since when did ESPN get it's own soapbox in regards to issues of social morality? I have always been impressed with ESPN for its constant work in SPORTS reporting but lately I (and many other men I have discussed this with) have been disappointed by its need to jump into the pool of fad politics. Please stick to what your business is best known for and show some tolerance and fairness to those who disagree with the moral views of a few athletes.

Thanks you,
Greg