Friday, April 22, 2016

DisCurteous

Curt Schilling
The image that Curt Schilling thinks is appropriate
The staggering lack of introspection on the part of Curt Schilling compounds his social felony. Schilling was terminated by ESPN for sharing and commenting on a Facebook post with the offensive image shown above. Schilling's comment was “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

Schilling had previously been suspended by ESPN for comparing Muslims to Nazis. Yet, in an appearance on WEEI radio Wednesday, Schilling said this:
To be in a place where people actually believe I’m a racist or I’m transphobic says to me that something has gone horribly askew somewhere.
John Oliver might have some fun with that on Sunday. Meanwhile I have some advice for Mr. Schilling. Reach out to an LGBT advocacy group and try to learn why that image and that comment are so offensive to transgender people. Based upon his comment, Mr. Schilling has no idea what being transgender means. Educating himself will be a character builder.

Elsewhere:

Tony Perkins of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council had this to say:
Of course, ESPN didn't seem to mind when Tony Kornheiser compared the tea party to ISIS in September. And unlike Curt, he did it on air! Where is Kornheiser today, you ask? Still behind an ESPN microphone, collecting checks! How's that for selective outrage? Obviously, Schilling was targeted because he expressed politically incorrect views. Is it really so radical to suggest that people select the restroom or locker room that matches their anatomy, so as not to violate the privacy and even safety of the other 99.5% of society?
Because the Tea Party is a fragile and persecuted minority into which people are born. Tea Party members are routinely refused service, employment and housing. Right? If asked Mr. Perkins would be incapable of conjuring up an example of compromised safety where transgender people have equal access.

Over at the reliably bigoted orthodox Catholic LifesiteNews Perkins went further:
The idea that any father wouldn’t want his daughter to share a restroom with a grown man was too much for the sports network, who sent the MLB record-holder to 'the showers.' Obviously, Schilling was targeted because he expressed politically incorrect views.
Perkins is another douche bag who is so busy demagoguing issues that he has never taken the time to try to understand LGBT people. Perkins lacks basic (Christian?) compassion which starts with understanding. Perkins who has direct ties to the Klan has no interest in understanding anything other than issues that ka-CHING his right wing, knuckle-dragging cash register.

In the same LifeSite piece, Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition (another designated hate group) weighed in on the issue:
Traditional Values Coalition president Andrea Lafferty said ESPN's actions actually “reinforce what Schilling shared on social media”: that there is no tolerance for anyone who dissents from the latest gender theories.
[…]
Lafferty believes Schilling's ouster is being used as “an example” to anyone who would buck social liberalism. “If pressure can be brought to bear on public figures, the intent is to intimidate the rest of the American public into silence,” she said.
No Ms. Lafferty, we are not obliged to be tolerant of bigotry. No Ms. Lafferty, nobody is trying to make an example of Schilling. He behaved like a boor prompting his employer to separate him from the company. It is not terribly complicated. Radical Christians are also obsessed with the notion that people are trying to silence them. It is how they deflect criticism of their theocratic-Christian-privilege-Christian-supremacy meme.

So Curt Schilling will be added to the list of people sacrificed to the LGBT agenda. Regardless of what idiots like Perkins and Lafferty say, Schilling has a choice. He can become a victim or he can try to understand why people are offended by his words. I hope that he chooses the latter but doubt that he will. It is the more arduous path. He has more choices than a transgender teen.

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