SIMMONS: Of Collins, ‘Redtails,’ Morehouse & tolerance

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Let’s get a couple of things straight about three culture-related stories that broke this week, datelined Washington, D.C.

I’ll get to the Washington Redskins and President Obama issues momentarily, but first up is the Jason Collins tale, which, unless you’ve been awaiting a sprinkling of pixie dust, has become a coincidental front in the culture war.

Collins is no Jackie Robinson, and ESPN commentator Chris Broussard is a hero for speaking truthfully.

Sports Illustrated broke the news on Monday that Collins, a mediocre center in the NBA, proclaimed himself “black,” “gay” and “Christian.”

Good for Collins, since Washington Wizards fans weren’t about to tar and feather him for not battling like an Alonzo Mourning, Lisa Leslie or even Kevin McHale.

But someone has been taken to the woodshed in Collins’ stead, and the Robinson comparison is being swatted as if there were a major-league sports barrier that said “no gays allowed.”

Collins’ cheerleaders were so boisterous the Broussard comments came like a thump from the almighty.

“If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says, you know, that’s a sin. And if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be — not just homosexuality. Adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be — I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God, and to Jesus Christ. So, I would not characterize that person as a Christian, ‘cause I don’t think the Bible would characterize him as a Christian.”

That’s all he said.

Grow up, people. We do not live in never-never land.

Hail to the Redskins

A D.C. leader wants the team’s nickname to be changed and has suggested “Redtails,” as in hawk and ale.

The latter, of light-bodied flavor, is probably apropos since surely lawmakers were sipping on something other than bottled water to even waste their time on a D.C. Council resolution that is legally non-binding because: a) the franchise is not headquartered in Washington, b) its employees do not practice or train in Washington, c) its employees do not deliver their work product in Washington, and d) “Hail to the Redtails, Hail victory, ‘Tails on the warpath, fight for ol’ Virginny” sounds as ridiculous as the D.C. legislative proposition.

As an American of African and Seminole ancestry, I understand Native Americans’ concerns.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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