In a poorly written barrage of single-sentence paragraphs (that has since been picked up by Salon), Brian Nielsen, the Sports Editor of Mattoon’s Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (try saying that ten times fast), used his marginal platform to declare that Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete actively playing in a major sport, is not a hero:
Heroes are those who battled to capture the Boston Marathon bombers recently.
Nielsen goes on to say more stupid words:
To compare the plight of Collins with his own lifestyle choice to Robinson’s should really insult Jackie’s family today. It even bothers me.
Oh does it? I can’t imagine why? Could it be that you have a bible stuck up your ass?
Be assured that Collins could find book, chapter and verse time and time again to point out my sins using the same Bible that I read to note one of his.
The difference is I would hope to find mercy and forgiveness not applause.
How’d I guess?
Nielsen (who does God knows what to men, women, and children behind closed doors before repenting to a higher power) goes on to make several more hateful statements and comparisons before he lets this one go:
‘I’m black and I am gay,’ he said as if one has anything to do with the other.
Courageous? This announcement comes during a time in our society when so-called political correctness has overwhelmingly trumped Christian morals and a time when Collins was going to get positive feedback. Somehow, many have decided they know the rules better than God.
WWJD? Apparently he’d write a shitty column for a backwards-ass downstate Illinois rag telling his little subsection of the world that he thinks gay people are gross.
I guess Jesus was a real dick.