Disagree with ESPN’s Rick Reilly? You’re fired.

Much attention has been paid to the recent diagnosis of conservatives as biologically flawed. The argument is essentially that conservatives are oblivious to science, facts, whatever; and vote the way they do due to inherent brain chemistry. As Lady Gaga might say, they’re “born this way”. Would liberals then support legislation outlawing discrimination against conservatives? Like the discrimination they face in academia and Hollywood? Don’t count on it.

Likewise, it is doubtful Rick Reilly of ESPN would support such a law, but he clearly finds anyone who’d oppose the Nebraska law adding homosexuals as a protected class to be, well, “an abomination”. He begins his most recent column by pulling a quote with no point of reference and sticking it between two poorly worded summary assertions:

Homosexuals are an abomination in God’s eyes, believes Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown. Recently, he threatened the Omaha city council with eternal damnation if it passed a bill that would keep businesses from firing workers because they’re gay.

“You will be held to great accountability for the decision you make,” Brown scolded. “The question I have for you all is, like Pontius Pilate, what are you going to do with Jesus?”

Like to meet one of the doomed sinners who has Ron Brown so inflamed?

This effort is cheap journalism and a cheap argument. The only person “inflamed” in this story is Reilly himself, who alternates between subtly and blatantly accusing Brown of condemning homosexuals to hell. The only problem is that Brown has done nothing of the sort. Continue reading