Christian Coach Says He'd Be 'Honored' to Be Fired for Anti-Gay Beliefs (VIDEO)

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Ron Brown
Ron Brown speaking at Omaha City Council
No matter how far we've come on accepting diversity, sometimes it takes just one person to realize how much work we have left to do. University of Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Ron Brown has gotten a lot of grief for publicly making anti-gay comments. Regardless of the backlash, he says he'll continue to do so.

Back in March, he testified against an Omaha anti-discrimination ordinance that would allow protection for gay and transgender people. He challenged the ordinance by saying that the Bible doesn't support homosexuality. And of course the whole speech was caught on tape, which you can see below. 

His comments bring up so many issues, like how terrible it is when people use religion as an excuse to discriminate others, and ... what is gonna happen if a player comes out as gay on the Nebraska Cornhuskers team?

Check out the footage of him from the Oklahoma City Council:

It really makes me cringe when he brings up references to Christianity: "The question I have for you all is, like Pontius Pilate, what are you going to do with Jesus?" Brown asked. "Ultimately, if you don't have a relationship with him, and you don't really have a Bible-believing mentality, really, anything goes ... At the end of the day it matters what God thinks most."

Even though Brown has been an assistant coach since 1987, it seems that his comments have finally struck enough of a nerve for people to pay attention. It's truly infuriating when people use their religion as an excuse to discriminate or hate others. But Brown doesn't seem to mind and thinks it makes him some kind of martyr. He told the Associated Press: "To be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn't win enough games." Whaaaaaaat? 

He also went on to say that homosexuals do not deserve the same protections as other groups that historically have been discriminated against, such as blacks and women. Like I said, Whaaaaaat? How can you be all for the acceptance of one group and not the other?

Plus, how could any player come out on the Nebraska football team with a coach like this? It's truly a shame that a person who is molding young people at a collegiate level is using the Bible as an excuse to keep discriminating against homosexuals. As an African American man, you'd think he'd know what it's like to be discriminated against. Hopefully the college can fulfill this guy's quest for "honor" and get rid of him as fast as they can. I'm sure there are far more deserving assistant coaches out there!

What do you think of Ron Brown's remarks? Should he be fired, or is he protected with freedom of speech?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I'm fine with firing him. If he is standing up there and saying he hates 10% of the young adults in his care for their biology then he should be marched to his office and handed a box for his belongings. If one of the other coaches was saying similar things about black students then I'm sure he'd be speaking out against them.

cecil... cecilmansmom

black and homosexuality are are different Rhonda. One is a choice YES A CHOICE the other is someone's skin color not a choice God calls homosexuality an abomination. Yes He does Today being one of strong faith and belief in God's Word is totally not PC. Well fine with me.

amber... amberdotsmom

It's a ironic that below this article is an article supporting the re-instatement of two girls who were expelled for making death threats (in jest) against school mates - the reason the article writer and the ACLU gives for re-instating?  "Free speech rights under the First Amendment, even when it’s speech we don’t like or agree with, must still be protected"

femal... femaleMIKE

He can think and say whatever he likes.

TKsMo... TKsMommie

Sorry but its not a choice.  Why would all of these people be making a choice to be hated, abused and discriminated against by ignorant idiots like you, who use God as an excuse to hate?  Judge not lest ye be judged!  I know plenty of people who have a very strong christian belief who do not spew hatred or discriminate against others.  But its people like you and this coach who have left me seeking religion on my own because so many churches, or should I say church goers, are full of hate.  And that's not who I am, or who I believe God is.

jkm89 jkm89

Cecil, prove homosexuality is a choice. I'd love to see you try. When did you make the choice to be straight?

Oh, and newsflash, yours and Mr. Browns belief in the Bible is fine, but you don't get to use that to discriminate against homosexuals. Worry about yourself, make sure you're living up to what's expected from you before worrying about other people.

boseph boseph

cecilmansmom- Homosexuality is NOT a fucking choice. Do you think anybody would CHOOSE to be singled out and abused? Lets take a quick look at matthew shepard. He was left for dead after being torturted for being gay. Do you think he would have chose to be gay if he knew it would end his life? Pull your head out of your ass. Being gay is not a choice. Just as our skin color and eye color are not a choice.

nonmember avatar Sarah

"The sooner we embrace an all-loving, forgiving God, the better"

There is a huge problem with that statement..that's NOT the God of the Bible! God has not changed because our society has. God does not love sin.

Betty Zam

Why are people pushing so strongly for the execution of free speech?

Again, for me it's a free speech issue. He has the RIGHT to say whatever he wants. The Constitution protects him. Anyone can agree or disagree with him, which also is a RIGHT. 

Just because we don't agree on an issue? I love my country, because we can both VOICE the opinions we have. No one should be fired for their own personal beliefs. Can a million people strongly disagree? Yes. Can a million people strongly agree? Yes. When will we understand that we will not agree on everything. I disagree with many many things some of my friends strongly agree with. But we are still friends. The ability to argue and have meaningful discussions has evaporated into being attacked by the media as soon as someone disagrees. 

In other countries, people are killed for their religious beliefs, for being gay, heck for being born a girl, why can't we just get to a point to agree to disagree?

Also, if he had stood up and said what the current status quo is, would your article be attacking him?  My guess is no. I wish people could write with the integrity that was once a requirement of anyone who called themselves a writer. 

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

I support tolerance - even for people who I completely disagree with. He is free to think and say what he wants. If he uses his position to discriminate against someone (I find it hard to believe he has not) he should be fired. Cecilmansmom - being of strong faith does not typically mean hating or discrminating against others. The Bible discusses the need to love our neighbors and reserve judgement more than it discusses homosexuality as an abomination.

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