Hardaway’s Bigotry “Perfectly Natural,” Just Not Helpful

One might do a double-take after coming across this Concerned Women for America denunciation of the viciously anti-gay rant by former NBA star Tim Hardaway in which he stated flatly: “I hate gay people.” 

CWA went so far as to issue a press release condemning Hardaway’s remarks, saying it was “disappointed that a man who is respected by many sports fans would make such inflammatory remarks” and calling his statements “both unfortunate and inappropriate.”

If one didn’t know better, one might think CWA was actually appalled by Hardaway’s statement because it was bigoted and hateful.  But of course, that is not the case at all, since CWA was upset mainly because Hardaway is making it harder for them to pursue their own anti-gay agenda:

“[Hardaway’s comments] provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in ‘hate.’  It’s important to note that Hardaway’s words represent the feelings of Hardaway.  His words do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people opposed to the homosexual agenda.   

“It’s perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral,” said [Matt Barber, CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.]  “All too often those behaviors are accompanied by serious physical, emotional, and spiritual pitfalls.  However, the appropriate reaction is to respond with words and acts of love, not words of hate.  Jesus Christ offers forgiveness and freedom for all sinners, and that is the heart of the Gospel message.

“Thousands of former homosexuals have been freed from the homosexual lifestyle through acts of love.  Hardaway’s comments only serve to foment misperceptions of widespread homosexual ‘victimhood’ which the homosexual lobby has craftily manufactured.”

For the record, Matt “Bam Bam” Barber was recently hired by CWA after he was allegedly fired by Allstate Insurance for writing anti-gay columns on various right-wing websites.