Sunday, November 8, 2015

Intersectionality, LBGT facism, and ESPN

One of the things I like to do on Sunday mornings is run to McDonald's for breakfast take-out and sit and eat and watch The Sports Reporters on ESPN. It is generally a pretty enjoyable program with excellent writers, who are not always good speakers, discussing trenchant sports events and topics.

In today's closing comments section, gay columnist Israel Gutierrez (and that is an important distinction to note here) lashed out at former MLB player and Houston native Lance Berkman for his support for the effort to overturn the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. In doing so, Gutierrez truncated Berkman's comment to make it sound more mean-spirited than it actually was. Gutierrez quoted Berkman as saying "Tolerance is the virtue that's killing this country."

On the surface, that sounds like a horrific statement to make. But what Berkman said in toto was something much more reasonable:

"To me tolerance is the virtue that’s killing this country. We’re tolerant of everything. You know, everything is okay, and as long as you want to do it and as long as it feels good to you then it’s perfectly acceptable do it. Those are the kinds of things that lead you down a slippery slope, and you’ll get in trouble in a hurry.

As a Christian I felt that I had an obligation to stand for what is right. I am about articulating my belief system and taking a stand for it when I have the opportunity."

The ordinance, known locally as the HERO act, was overturned handily, like every other public referendum on forcing gay rights down the throats of voting public has been. Berkman pointed to one aspect -- allowing transgendered men into women's bathrooms, a point that just made headlines in a school district recently, but the ordinance had a lot of interesting language and room for interpretation in it.

It talks about establishing rights for those with protected characteristics. What in the world is a protected characteristic, you ask? Well, let's look at thte ordinances definition --

Protected characteristic means an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy.

Hmmm . . . gender identity? Defined herein as:

Gender identity means an individual's innate identification, appearance, expression or behavior as either male or female, although the same may not correspond to the individual's body or gender as assigned at birth.

So according to this ordinance, a fully heterosexual male, who also happens to be a cross-dresser can claim equal rights to women's facilities. Anywhere and anytime. His protected characteristic of appearance or behavior as female gets his perversion a free pass. Any wonder this got voted down overwhelmingly?

And how about this murky term familial status? This is defined within the ordinance as:

Familial status means the status of a person resulting from being domiciled with an individual younger than 18 years of age in regard to whom the person:
(1) Is the parent or legal custodian; or
(2) Has the written permission of the parent or legal custodian for domicile with the individual; or
(3) Is in the process of obtaining legal custody.

So under this ordinance, a pedophile who is working to abolish age of consent laws and therefore is in the process of obtaining legal custody of his victim would find Houston to be a sort of sanctuary city for him and others of with his perverse obsession.

Of course, none of these extrapolations matter to Gutierrez and other SJW, they just want to smash down anyone who dares to be on the wrong side of history as the popular expression goes now.

Interestingly, in an earlier block of the program, Mitch Albom was lashing out at Jerry Jones for giving Greg Hardy a second chance. Personally, I think Hardy is a thug and should be tossed out of the NFL. But Albom made an interesting point -- he noted that the NFL is entertainment and as such is not employment someone is entitled to. Therefore, in Albom's mind, the NFL can chose whom it allows to work there without recourse. Greg Hardy? Out. Ray Rice? Out. And so on. Funny though, when Michael Sam wanted in, writers like Albom and others said the NFL had to give him a chance, despite his mediocre abilities. When he didn't make it, it was shame on them. John Saunders lauded the CFL for giving Sam a job, as though being gay entitled him to a career in football.

So, according to these sports reporters, men who chose to be abusive, violent or criminal can be tossed out of the league with their blessing. But if the NFL decides it doesn't want men who have chosen a lifestyle of aberrant sexual behavior, then they're on the wrong side of history.

We're seeing in this current political season some pushback from regular folks against the leftist, elitist sensibilities that have been eroding our country's morality for some time now. I think there will come a time, in the not too distant future, when we'll see who's on the wrong side of history. And it isn't going to be those with a sense of decency, honor and a respect for Christian values.

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