1) I have no problems with kids bringing bibles to school; I encourage it. I also encourage Jews to bring the Torah; and Muslims to bring the Quran; and those of no faith to bring whatever inspires or directs their life. And I encourage, under the auspices of a responsible, learned adult, kids to share their inspirations and motivations, allowing space for others not simply to question, but to reflect on the lessons we can all learn from dialogue.
But something tells you’d be offended if your child was the only Christian, surrounded by Muslim children who brought their sacred text to school around your children. And I’m more than certain your organization feels the same way. My ask, therefore, is not for you to quiet your faith, but only to treat it towards others when you’re in a position of numerical power the same way you’d want them to treat you if you were powerless.
2) Focus on the Family, as I understand, is against gambling. You are paid, in large part, by an organization that is sponsored by a casino. It is hypocritical, in my assertion to lend voice to an organization against gambling while receiving money from an organization that profits from it. I’m not sure how you square this circle. I’m not sure you thought about squaring this circle. I’m not sure you thought.
I’m just not sure.
3) you are the star athlete of the most popular franchise in one of the bastions of gay culture in the south. Many of your fans were out and about this past weekend, parading through the quarter for decadence. These same people have been shamed, harassed, preyed upon, disrespected, and hated by the organization you now support.
My question, then, is how we should interpret not just your (seemingly but not really) innocuous message, but the actions of the sponsors behind that message. How can we split message and messenger when the whole point of an endorsement is to join message and messenger?
I would be a hypocrite if I told you to not stand for your beliefs. A man has been out of a job for about 917 days because he chose to take a stand for what he believes in.
Are you willing to take the same stand?
Should you simply stick to sports?
I believe you should loudly and proudly champion what’s on your heart. I will judge you by your actions and associations accordingly. And I will be frustrated that, for some unforeseen reason, your stand and his stand will be treated differently.