Mentioning that he believed homosexuality was a sin. Reggie White lost his previously announced job/hire for CBS sports. White created a furor in the gay and lesbian community in March 1998 with a speech to the Wisconsin State Assembly. In it, he referred to homosexuality as “one of the biggest sins in the Bible”. At the time, White, considering retirement, was on the short list of candidates for CBS’s N.F.L. studio show, but of course he did not get the job.
For years there has been an underlying prejudice against Catholics and Jews in the Media, while every attempt was made to increase the presence of women and minorities in the industry in the name of diversity.
Now for a another time in recent history, an active television sports announcer has made derisive and scurrilous remarks about a Catholic University and the Deity they worship.
This is not the first time, nor will it be the last as Media persons have substituted the use of bias license for freedom of speech. Personal prejudices and down right hatred have replace objectivity and the TRUTH!
In 2006, as anchor woman for The Today Show, Katie Couric's attack on Ave Maria University and its "dangerous Catholic culture" with its "segregation," its "intolerance," its disrespect for "civil liberties", was a notable on air attack.
Christians, once advised to "bless those who revile and persecute you", are apparently becoming as silly, external and hypersensitive as the media clowns who antagonize them. Instead of bearing the obviously ridiculous abuse with nobility, Christians have fallen into the error of taking offense, in spite of Jesus' excellent advice on how to bear adversity.
Now ESPN anchor woman Dana Jacobson verbally"attacked" Jesus Christ, who at least had the wisdom to let the attack roll off his back. Jacobson, reportedly intoxicated, was speaking at a celebrity roast in Atlantic City, N.J., when she unleashed a profane tirade, saying, "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus." "Touchdown Jesus" is the unfortunate secular moniker for a statue on the Notre Dame campus of Jesus raising his arms in a mighty gesture of transcendent spirituality. Who bestowed this secular term on a religious statue was not reported.
If that wasn't enough, last September Kathy Griffin, the star of the Bravo show "My Life on the D-List," stirred controversy when she used her appearance on the Emmy Awards program to tell Jesus to "suck it" while claiming full credit for the honor for herself. Well, she can have it. The Emmy has nothing to do with sacred matters anyway.
Thus far there has been no public apology from either Ms. Jacobson nor from ESPN leadership. Apparently word sensitivity is reserved for minority groups and the Muslim religion. Had she said F--- Mohammad, CAIR would have her head, literally within days!
Apparently this is just another example of the Secular/anti-religion world we now live in. A World that has abandoned the belief and reverence for God, and has substituted foul language,sexual license, hedonism, Atheism and unbridled self gratification.
Perhaps things took this turn because Christian leaders threw away their chance to exemplify spiritual values and conduct, for a chance to mobilize power in secular politics. "Political Christianity" must take a share of responsibility for the spirit's retreat into obscurity. The idea of being "a Christian" at that point became a secular throw-away... you might as well say you're some kind of professional, a liberal, a Republican, or a fan of a sports team.
Then some wonder why we seem to be experiencing more and more natural disasters! Could it be that the Almighty is trying to get our attention with climate change, melting icecaps and rising sea temperatures?
Today,, many Americans are infatuated with outright, full-bore atheism. In fact, Dr.Dawkins, the Oxford scientist who wrote "The God Delusion," is even selling young people "Scarlet Letter" tee-shirts with a giant "A" – for "atheist" – on his website (and bumper stickers too). Somehow, atheism – just like homosexuality, which used to be considered shameful and something to hide – is now becoming hip, sophisticated, enlightened, even a badge of honor.
Christian philosophy and practice has been miscommunicated by those who claim it as their own. The contradiction between word and deed has become too much for an age where everything can be seen on the six o'clock news. The church made itself synonymous with political ambition, and looked the other way when priests engaged in pedophilia. The stunted version reaching these young "atheists", full of such contradictions and void of spiritual content, was rejected in favor of another temporary fashion. Throwing out the baby with the bath water.
Probably because politicized Christianity uses its pulpit to call out "enemies"... discriminating against and withholding acceptance from groups of named outcasts... that any Christian Religion and their followers became fair game for discriminatory practices in return. The following story, as does the story about Ms. Jackobson, appears in today's edition of WorldNetDaily.
"In Witchita, Kansas, Reverend Holick was "attempting" to express his faith on a public sidewalk outside of an event in a public park that was celebrating homosexual behavior. According to the records in the case, Holick had contacted the police department a week before the event and expressed his desire to communicate his religious views on the date of the homosex-fest".
"He was told he couldn't go into Heritage Square Park where it was being held but was told the sidewalk would be his "friend." Then on the day of the event, Holick and other church members arrived at the sidewalk outside the event and "immediately" were confronted by about 10 officers. He was ordered to leave the sidewalk or be arrested. He asked where he could go, and he was told the public sidewalks were off-limits to him, and he could go into a nearby private parking lot"!
So much for Freedom Of Speech and The Right To assembly!