Have you heard Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown’s stance on homosexuals yet? He is not afraid to give his opinion. Brown recently testified against an anti-discrimination ordinance that gave protections to gay and transgendered people. Brown’s positions is based upon his religious beliefs.
“The question I have for you all is, like Pontius Pilate, what are you going to do with Jesus?” Brown asked. “Ultimately, if you don’t have a relationship with him, and you don’t really have a Bible-believing mentality, really, anything goes… At the end of the day, it matters what God thinks most.”
Brown is a minster and he admits that he uses his profile and help extend his platform. He is also unapologetic about his positions.
“The same thing that was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today,” Brown said. “The thing that was right 2,000 years ago is right today.”
The name of Brown’s ministry is called FreedMen Nebraska and he feels that gay people don’t deserve the same treatment as African Americans and women.
“The scriptures teach that blacks were created by God, that women were created by God, but that homosexuals … that is not what God had in mind at all,”
Ron Brown has been blasted by gay rights and other civil rights groups for his position. Many are calling for his firing, but it doesn’t seem as if Bo Pelini is interested in making a change. Brown is steadfast in his position and takes his faith very seriously. Ron Brown has every right to state his position but here’s the problem. As a coach on a staff at a public institution he is representing the entire school. Being a high profile program, Brown garners far more attention than an English professor would if he or she had a side ministry and held these same positions. That means the message is far more reaching.
Hate to break it to Coach Brown, but not everyone is an Evangelical Christian in his state. What he is doing is proselytizing. We do have freedom of religion in this country. Everyone is free to practice his or her religion without fear of being persecuted for their beliefs. The problem is that Brown is using his influence to push across his agenda to block policies that would protect others from discrimination. Despite his beliefs and what he thinks are his rights, he isn’t being a responsible representative of the institution. He should be removed from his position. We have the division of church and state for a reason.
I have always advocated for people in sports to speak their mind and stand behind their beliefs. In this case I do not support Ron Brown. Anytime someone takes the position to discriminate they have to be called out. This has nothing to do with political correctness as Brown would like for us to believe. We are talking about policies that protect members of the human race from being discriminated against for who they are. Ron Brown doesn’t want those protection for the “others” because he believes God thinks being gay is a sin. Is this really a wise way to govern?
For people who dream of a society ruled as a theocracy, they should buy a one way ticket to Iran and live over there for a while. Ultra religious positions are scary for those of us who prefer to live in a civil society of reasonable laws. Having your religious beliefs is one thing, but ramming it down everyone’s throat in the name of your God is something else. Ron Brown clearly doesn’t understand that, and it’s our problem if we don’t hold his position.
What would Brown do if he found out one of his players was gay? Would he treat him differently than everyone else because his religion tells him to? If that’s the case he shouldn’t be coaching, because he has more important things to tend to, like preaching discrimination. I hear if you are good, it pays better than being an assistant coach. If Brown feels it would be an honor to be fired for standing up for his beliefs then firing him will be doing him a favor. Maybe he should be forced to watch Bravo TV for 36 hours straight with his eyelids forced open A Clockwork Orange style instead. That may set him straight (no pun intended). Then again you can never fight cruelty with cruelty. What would Jesus do?