Picture how hard Torii Hunter's life is. To only get paid $18 million annually to play baseball. Imagine the burden of the endorsement deals and all the fame.
Now imagine how stressful his life would be if he had to deal with a gay teammate in the locker room.
"For me, as a Christian … I (would) be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right," he says. Hunter goes on to say having an openly-gay teammate would be "difficult and uncomfortable."
The year before, teammate Miguel Cabrera was arrested for allegedly getting drunk and threatening to blow up a club, in addition to telling arresting officers to shoot him.
Apparently, two guys wanting to hold hands is an abomination, but a drunken racist and a suicidal Unabomber don't make Hunter feel uneasy. That's because we all know gay people are stalking us, just waiting for the moment they can turn the rest of us gay.
The problem with the holier-than-thou-folk is they look at homosexuality as the ultimate sin, while completely disregarding true sin. Sin is the raping of a woman, molestation of children, or shooting up a school.
It's equally troubling because so many children struggle with their sexual identity. Knowing that all-star athletes like Hunter would rather lose than have an openly-gay teammate may seem innocent to some. To kids who are at their wit's end, however, it could be a death sentence.
If having an openly-gay teammate is hard, he should try living in a world where bigots are "troubled" to be around him.
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