Unless you are just now emerging from a month-long residence in hyperbaric chamber in an effort to minimize the negative side effects of particle reintegration after a teleportation gone wrong, then you probably know that yesteraday Jason Collins became the first professional male athlete in a major team sport to come out as a homosexual while still active in his sport.
All day long, Twitter and the internet in general were awash with the expected blend of people supporting Collins, people asking why we should care, famous athletes saying that they don't get why any dude would like other dudes, people criticizing famous athletes for saying that they don't get why any dude would like other dudes, and people criticizing people for criticizing famous athletes for saying that they don't get why any dude would like other dudes.
As is often the case with our culture, the response was a mixed bag, but the overwhelming majority seemed to be positive and supportive of Collins and excited about what this meant for the homosexual community.
And until 5:53 PM EDT on Monday, neither the South Carolina athletic department nor its alumni had been dragged into this conversation in any direct way until Dylan Thompson issued the following tweet:
ESPN Chris Broussard takes a Biblical stand and speaks truth. Love the sinner, but can't love the sin!youtu.be/KeiDYwDJSCE— Dylan Thompson (@DT_ONE_SEVEN) April 29, 2013
I'll let you draw your own conclusions about Dylan's decision to link to that video on his Twitter profile and his variation of the mantra "Love the sinner, hate the sin" and his comment that Broussard "speaks truth". I don't understand why Outside the Lines was evaluating Collins' lifestyle and whether or not it adhered to the teachings of Christianity, nor do I care enough to watch the entire episode to get the appropriate context. But Broussard's message is pretty clear, and Dylan Thompson saw fit to publicly endorse that message on Twitter, where there's an excellent chance that he's being followed by Gamecock fans who happen to be homosexuals.
In case you are worried that Dylan is being taken out of context, allow me to present Thompson's defense of his comments:
"@bradcheshter: @dt_one_seven Come on dude... I was just starting to like you" I'm not here to be liked. I'm here to honor Christ bro— Dylan Thompson (@DT_ONE_SEVEN) April 29, 2013
@pauld_iv @bradcheshter just speaking truth brad, I love gay people but we can't love the sin of homosexuality. Thanks Paul for being bold!— Dylan Thompson (@DT_ONE_SEVEN) April 29, 2013
That's all I'll say about this, not because I don't have anything else to say but because - as he is wont to do - Spencer Hall rendered moot all other attempts to write about the topic by absolutely crushing this post.
Should you feel moved to action, I would recommend utilizing this South Carolina athletic department staff directory rather than hassling Dylan Thompson on Twitter. After all, if there was Twitter when I was in college, the internet would be the host of an even longer paper trail of my stupidity than it already is.