“… the most explicitly and unabashedly anti-gay figure in major league sports today…”

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Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Image

Mark Stern at Slate is glad the Mets lost the World Series because he thinks that their star infielder is “noxious”:

The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets 7–2 on Sunday night, winning the World Series in just five games. I am agnostic as to which team deserved to take the crown. But I’m thrilled that Mets (former) fan favorite and fomenter of homophobia Daniel Murphy played a crucial role in bringing his team to an embarrassing defeat. 

Before Game 4 of this World Series, Murphy was quickly becoming the Mets’ secret weapon—a “postseason hero” according to some outlets. This fame was sudden and specific, a response to Murphy’s incredible string of postseason home runs. His “heroic performance” won him comparisons to Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds. The typically droll Deadspin declared that his bat was “hotter than the surface of the sun, to a degree that defies an explanation.”

These unqualified plaudits may have been merited. But they gloss over the fact that Murphy is perhaps the most explicitly and unabashedly anti-gay figure in major league sports today. Earlier this year, Murphy unloaded his thoughts about Billy Bean, an openly gay retired player and Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion:

I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.

Murphy then tried to qualify his statement, comparing homosexuality to undesirable personality traits like “pride”:

Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride.

Of course, Murphy has every right to hold these beliefs, which earned him praise from such luminaries as the Westboro Baptist Church. He does not have a right to expand on them without discipline. Had an MLB player said something bigoted about a black or Jewish player, the league would have reprimanded him. Instead, it took no serious action against Murphy, effectively ratifying his views as reasonable and harmless.

They are not.

This is the state of discourse today with radical secularists and elements of the religious left.  Mr. Murphy’s “explicitly and unabashedly anti-gay” comments seem to me to be most tame, seem to me to be nothing more than an expression and application of considered Christian thought but Stern sees it to be nothing less than what he later in the piece calls “noxious personal prejudice.

It is Stern that is most explicitly and unabashedly displaying noxious personal prejudice.  And he’s doing so under what he wants the rest of us to believe is the banner of tolerance and open-mindedness.

It will of course only get worse.  Religious expression in the common square is quickly becoming anathema and Stern’s perspective will prevail in the not too distant future.

God help us.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

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  • Scalia

    Yes, this comparison with racial distinctions is false on its face, but that’s what they’ve been after for some time. The fact that this thug is calling for punishment of a Christian for expressing his beliefs shows the kind of tolerance people like him believe in. Tolerance is a one-way street that invites the same level of tolerance from his political opponents. If and when the tables turn, he’ll be the first to regret his totalitarian approach.

  • JWH

    But we know that Cubs fans have the most faith and hope of all.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    I think that Benjamin Corey, the author whose piece you recommended we read in your post yesterday, would vehemently disagree with you.

    • Perhaps… I have no clue… if you have links to something he’s written confirming it, pass it along. I’d be glad to read his reasoning.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Here are two examples I found playing dung beetle going through his anti-American screeds. If you want to sift through more to tell me I’m just misinterpreting what he wrote, be my guest.

        “When I finally learned about the gay agenda for myself, it turned out to be simple and harmless: get treated like everyone else in society, and maybe buy a wedding cake.” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/dont-fear-the-homosexual-agenda-its-the-ammosexual-agenda-thats-concerning/

        “Moments ago the US Supreme Court announced that marriage equality is now the law of the land. As our LGBTQ brothers and sisters celebrate civil equality under the law, undoubtedly there will be many conservative brothers and sisters who will warn of God’s pending judgment against the United States….

        (And a big congratulations to my LGBTQ brothers and sisters who have longed to be equal under the law, and now are. Today, I celebrate with you.)” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/gay-marriage-is-the-law-of-the-land-and-god-isnt-going-to-freak-out-about-it/

        • Troubling… admittedly…

          • jim_m

            Sigh, just admit that you didn’t look at the man and his beliefs before you linked his article and didn’t fully understand where he was coming from. It’s not a sin to be wrong.

          • I did not but that matters little to me. I don’t discard a person entirely because I disagree with parts of what he believes. You particularly should be aware of this.

          • jim_m

            I’m not saying to discard the person, just their ideas. There are plenty of other sources of good ideas. For instance, I’m pretty certain that you would never cite me in the same way you did Corey.

          • I certainly would if you said or wrote something that aligns with my thinking or more particularly and relevantly, my Catholic faith.

  • iwogisdead

    Well, by all means we should “discipline” people who say things that we don’t like to hear. If we fail to promptly discipline people for saying stuff we don’t like, before you know it, freedom of speech will be breaking out all over.

  • jim_m

    Mr Stern needs to go to Iran and explain how wonderful the gay lifestyle is to the people there. Or better yet to ISIS controlled Iraq. If he lives he can explain how he has now gotten some perspective on what real intolerance is about.

  • Mjolnir

    Stern is, obviously, a complete jackass and a douchebag. Only the tiniest of intellects would call what Murphy said to be hateful. It is not. It is simply in keeping with the Bible and Christian faith – that when a person is sinful, we do not abandon or hate the person, but they do not support their sinfulness.
    Celebration of sinful activity is not a Christian value. Time for Stern to stop being an idiot suffering from emotional infantilism and grow the f* up.

    • Just out of curiosity, what Christian value are we exercising when we call someone a complete jackass and a douchebag?

      • Walter_Cronanty

        I updinged both of the comments. While I agree with Mjonir’s comment, as I’ve stated many times here, personal invective is not a way to win arguments, and I don’t think it’s a Christian value – Please note that I have many times failed to heed my own advice, and I wish I hadn’t.

        • Walter, we’re in the same boat brother… I fail at this too often as well.

      • Mjolnir

        I’m not advancing a Christian value here. Just an accurate assessment of what a jackass and douchebag someone has to be to call out non-hateful Christian message as hate. Would you feel better if I had called him an agent of Satan?

        • You had me at you’re not advancing a Christian value. You and Rodney ought to talk as he believes you are.

          • Mjolnir

            Sounds like you’re reading something into Rodney’s one-word comment that isn’t there. Just as you assumed I was speaking as a Christian, rather than as an observer. I can still defend Christians and Christianity against stupidity and hate, even if I’m not much of a practitioner myself, y’know.

          • I do know and in fact see that while defending Christians and Christianity against stupidity and hate, you hatefully (and I think as a result stupidly) go on the offense against the man himself rather than his ideas.

      • Honesty.

      • iwogisdead

        Well, when Christ threw the moneychangers out of the temple, I’ll bet a dollar that he used the Aramaic versions of “jackass” and even “douchebag.”