Let’s go over everything wrong with this Scott Stantis cartoon, shall we?
No one is making laws saying they have the right to not serve Christians. But guess what? They’re making those laws to keep gay people out of places of business. So yea, it takes a hero to come out as gay in such a public way. Because we live in a society where people still discriminate against gays, where they are treated as second class citizens, where they are told their lifestyle is wrong. That’s why he’s a hero. Because by being open about it, he’s giving hope and courage to others out there who otherwise might not have the strength it takes to come out as gay.
Tebow is a Christian. There are a lot of Christians in the NFL. There is, right now, only one openly gay person in the NBA. To be that person takes the strength and courage of a hero, and a hero he is to many people right now.
Your religion is a choice. Being gay is not. So yea, it takes a lot more to come out as gay than to come out as Christian. One gets a non response. One puts you in a fishbowl where the people viewing you may think you are an abomination. I don’t know what that’s like, but what I do know is I admire Jason Collins for his courage. If that makes him a hero to me or anyone else, there’s reason for it.
[Nothing against Tebow here or his desire to talk about his religion, even though his brand of religion is the type that thinks of gay people as sinners. It’s the cartoon I have a problem with.]