oh my god
TGP and P&T sucked.
When Jeremy Affeldt came to the Bay Area as an opposing player, he refused to leave his hotel room aside from going to and from the ballpark. He was admittedly homophobic.
When he joined the San Francisco Giants five years ago, Affeldt became determined to get rid of his negative feelings toward the gay population. The transformation took time and a change of heart, given what he calls his “sheltered” upbringing in the Eastern Washington city of Spokane. Now, Affeldt is more than comfortable saying he was wrong to judge a community based solely on sexual orientation.
This is not an accurate summary of Affeldt’s position on homosexuality, which is more fully stated later in the article:
“I’m going to look at a group of people who maybe don’t share the same views as I do morally but the reality is there is no difference, none,” he said. “They’re human beings, and I’m going to love on them just as God told me to love all human beings. I’m not going to sit there and worry about all that other garbage. It’s a matter of love your neighbor as yourself.”
Also, here’s Affeldt in his own words on gay people: Do I personally think that Jesus would have approved of that lifestyle? No, I don’t think He would, because the Bible says He doesn’t. But that does not mean that He doesn’t love them.
1. Homosexuality is not a “view” or a “lifestyle.”
2. Homosexuality is not moral or immoral.
3. The Bible says a lot of shit that Affeldt apparently doesn’t agree with (he’s opposed to sex slavery, for example, but slavery including sex slavery is completely allowed and regulated in the Bible), but for some reason its statements about homosexuality are sacrosanct.
4. This whole “they don’t share my morals but I love them” looks to me like just another vein of “love the sinner, hate the sin” bullshit that certain strains of Christians like to use to say they aren’t homophobic or bigoted.
5. I’m not denying that Affeldt has done good things; he has done good things. I’m not saying he’s a bad person; I don’t know him. I’m not saying he hasn’t made great strides in his personal acceptance; it seems clear that he has. I’m saying about homosexuals and homosexuality, Jeremy Affeldt is wrong.
Yay you’re not blatantly homophobic anymore? Here have a cookie…
And the whole “maybe don’t share the same views as I do morally but the reality is there is no difference, none” shows that he hasn’t really changed. He still thinks LGBTQ people are morally wrong.
Let me hear from Matt Cain…
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THAT THIRD PICTURE.
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA — Sen. Scott Dibble blows a kiss toward his husband in the gallery moments before voting on the same-sex marriage bill in St. Paul, Minn. Monday, May 13, 2013. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)
PSA: Scott Dibble is the best, and I hope he runs for national office one day. So glad I got to hug him on Monday <3