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FIRST-PERSON: Sports Illustrated catering to homosexuals

TUPELO, Miss. (BP)–People assume you can count on sports magazines to be apolitical. Sports Illustrated has proven several times to be anything but that, especially in its blatant support of homosexual behavior.

The latest pro-homosexual story to stain the pages of an otherwise prestigious magazine could be found in the June 16 issue. In the Golf Plus section, which provides bonus golf coverage to subscribers who request it, a lengthy story by Eamon Lynch, titled “Having a GAY Old Time,” featured a group of gay golfers who dubbed themselves the Rainbow Golf League. Lynch called homosexual golfers “the game’s silent minority.” The coverage by Lynch was symptomatic of the problem so pervasive in mainstream media — a skewed moral sense. There was no hint in the story of the fact that homosexuality just might be wrong, and it painted everyone opposed to it as a hateful bigot.

There wasn’t even a discussion within the article about the biological, social and moral hypocrisy inherent in all homosexual behavior that claims to be normal and good. Apparently, Lynch didn’t even attempt to interview someone from within the pro golfing community who believes homosexuality is wrong. It was simply accepted as OK. This was nothing more than a puff piece for gays to stick on their bulletin boards.

Lynch also missed a great opportunity to explore the role and history of homosexuals in golf — the LPGA’s worst-kept secret is that it’s very gay-friendly; just look at all the women strolling hand-in-hand at a big tournament — to talk to people from both sides, examine the effects of homosexuality on the game, particularly the women’s side, and how it’s been dealt with.

But Lynch, not a regular contributor to SI, obviously wasn’t recruited for his reporting skills, which you would expect to be at a higher level considering his pedigree. He has written for many big-time publications, including the New York Daily News, New York Magazine, The Village Voice and the L.A. Times. He just ignored the other side of the issue, as the typical mainstream journalist tends to do these days. Lynch also fails to mention, of course, that being gay is a decision and that Christ can save people from that and any other sin.

Enough about Lynch, because Sports Illustrated is ultimately responsible for letting the story reach its pages. While there is a Sports Illustrated for Kids, also known at times to be a vehicle for liberal ideology, you can’t tell me a 10-year-old child isn’t going to pick up his or her Dad’s SI and flip through it. No telling how many innocent kids were exposed to such dangerous words.

This story brings to question whether Christians should boycott Sports Illustrated, which has repeatedly given the homosexual agenda a national forum that followers of Christ rarely find. Should I cancel my subscription? I think not. In fact, I am sending this column to managing editor Terry McDonell and Golf Plus editor James P. Herre, in hopes that they and their colleagues will re-examine the kind of slanted coverage they’re giving the readers.

By the way, here’s a couple of other examples of SI’s corrupted worldview: A minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, has started a promotion called “Faith Nights” aimed directly at Christians, offering Christian musical entertainment and a picnic before games, and discounted rates for church groups. Not a word about that in Sports Illustrated, which usually mentions such tidbits in its Scorecard department. Nor was there even a sidebar on David Robinson after San Antonio won the NBA Finals last week. Robinson is a devout Christian who both talks and walks the faith, but there was no mention of his relationship with Christ and how Robinson, who just finished his final season, has been used by God to bless the city of San Antonio.

Maybe if a homosexual had been involved…
Brad Locke is a weekly columnist for BP Sports at www.bpsports.net.

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