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ESPN regrets reporter’s comment about Jason Collins

ESPN says that it regrets the “distraction” caused by one of its reporters who described Jason Collins as a sinner after the NBA center publicly came out as gay.

Chris Broussard, who covers the NBA for ESPN, said on the air that Collins and others in the NBA who engage in premarital sex or adultery were “walking in open rebellion to God, and to Jesus Christ.” Broussard, a former reporter for The New York Times, spoke during ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program discussing Collins’ announcement.

In an article in Sports Illustrated, Collins became the first athlete in one of the country’s four major male sports leagues to come out as gay.

ESPN’s Josh Krulewitz said the network regrets that a discussion of personal viewpoints became a “distraction.” The network offered its own view of Collins’ news: “ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement,” he said.

During his on-the-air discussion, Broussard described himself as a Christian.

“I don’t agree with homosexuality,” he said. “I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.”

Broussard in an online message said that he had previously discussed his point of view about homosexuality publicly.

“I realize that some people disagree with my opinion, and I accept and respect that,” he wrote. “As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement … and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.”

Collins, in an interview with The New York Times this week, noted that he is a Christian, too.

“This is all about tolerance and acceptance and America is the best country in the world because we’re all entitled to our opinions and beliefs but we don’t have to agree,” he said. “And obviously I don’t agree with his statement.”

Megachurch pastor fired for adultery is under investigation

The pastor of one of the nation’s 20 largest megachurches has been fired over an extra-marital affair, possibly with an underage woman.

Pastor Jack Schaap of Indiana’s First Baptist Church of Hammond is the subject of a criminal investigation, as is Hyles-Anderson College, which is affiliated with the church.

Since adultery is not a crime in Indiana, observers believe there’s more to the story than an affair.

Eddie Wilson, the church’s public relations director, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he does not believe Schaap is being investigated for anything criminal. He said the church is cooperating with the Lake County sheriff’s department “for the sake of transparency and honesty.”

But Mark Kiesling, a columnist for the Times of Northwest Indiana, believes the investigation is the result of “an alleged dalliance with a teenage girl associated with the church’s college.” He also wrote that “sources close to the investigation say the girl was taken to Illinois and Michigan for Schaap’s interludes.”

The church issued a statement on its website announcing Schaap’s dismissal.

“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor,” the statement read. “Our church grieves over the need to take this action and the impact it will have on our people. We ask that everyone pray for the families involved and pray that the situation will be handled in a Christ-honoring manner.”

Baptist school loses staff over anti-gay pledge

A private university has lost at least 50 staff members since last fall, when it began requiring that employees pledge to “reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality.”

Shorter University, a Baptist school in Rome, Ga., forces employees to sign a “personal lifestyle” statement that contains four principles of conduct:

• The employee be loyal to the Christian-based mission of the university, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.

• The employee not engage in the use, production or distribution of illegal drugs.

• The employee not consume alcohol in the presence of students, including in restaurants, theaters and other venues students might visit.

• The employee “reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality.”

New hires must sign the pledge as a condition of employment, and current employees must sign the pledge as a condition for contract renewal.

The mandate from the university president states, “Failure to adhere to this statement may result in disciplinary action against me, up to and including immediate termination.”

Numerous civil rights groups said that Shorter may be a private institution with the right to require the pledge, but that doesn’t make the pledge acceptable.

Georgia civil rights advocates called the statement an anti-gay loyalty oath similar to the pledges teachers and other public officials were required to make during the Red Scare of the 1950s.

Since the school began requiring the pledge, about 50 people have resigned.

Others have formed a group called Save Our Shorter or SOS, which has a website and Facebook page where resigning staff to post their statements. The most recent post is from a tenured professor who rejected her contract.

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Gingrich: Gay marriage example of paganism’s rise

U.S. presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich this week said legalizing marriage for gays and lesbians is an example of paganism’s rise.

Gingrich made the comment in a conference call with Christian right leaders aiding his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

“It’s pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Gingrich, who has been married three times, divorced twice and had at least two adulterous affairs. “This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it’s a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.”

Gingrich went on to say that he and third wife Callista volunteered to serve their country knowing they’d have to suffer “news media assaults” and “vicious gossip.”

“We both concluded that we had a moral obligation to endure whatever comes and to at least offer, as citizens, to try and be of service,” said Gingrich, whose next contest is on Jan. 31 in Florida.

The conference call included Mat Staver, Jim Garlow, George Barna and Don Wildmon, all members of Gingrich’s Faith Coalition and influential leaders on the Christian right.

Garlow, on the stakes in the 2012 election, said, “At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the United States as we know her will cease to exist as will, then, Western Civilization.”