But as Green Bay Packer Reggie White discovered last week, there is one kind
of behavior our society will absolutely not tolerateeven from its greatest sports
What was Reggies crime? Did he strangle his coach? Did he bite off an
No. It was worse than thatmuch, much worse. Reggie White stood up for Biblical
standards of right and wrong.
White has been called the greatest defensive lineman of all time. Hes also a lay
Baptist minister, and hes famous for his godly character and good works. For
example, White founded Urban Hope, an inner-city business training and investment project.
He speaks to kids about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
Hes the most popular public figure in Wisconsin, and he was invited to address
the Wisconsin legislature. Thats where the trouble started.
White talked about sin, including homosexuality. White affirmed his love for
homosexuals, he reminded lawmakers that the Bible condemns the practice of homosexuality.
He observed: "Weve allowed this sin to run rampant in our nation, and
thats why our nations is in the condition its in today."
Gay activists promptly accused White of spreading "divisiveness and bigotry."
More sobering was the reaction of CBS. White had hoped to enter the broadcast booth after
his playing career was overbut it now appears that this great black athlete will be
blacklisted. Commenting on Whites remarks, CBS Sports spokeswoman Leslie Ann Wade
said that "any violation of (CBSs) policies against bias would certainly
preclude anyone from being hired by CBS."
Whitewho was once given a Tolerance Award from the Simon Wiesenthal
Centerwas unmoved by the attacks. He declared: "I didnt start a ministry
to please everybody." As for CBS, he said, "I like people to think good of me,
but Im not going to sell out." Amen!
The way White is being treated demonstrates how our secular elites have
deconstructed the word tolerance. Historically, tolerance meant respect for all points of
view. But in recent years, that understanding has been turned on its head. Today tolerance
is defined as moral neutrality, or, more accurately, moral skepticism. Moral judgments are
Thats why calling homosexuality a sin, even if you love homosexuals, is deemed
intolerant because it presumes to make a moral judgment.
But true tolerance means accepting people despite their sinsnot pretending that
sin does not exist.
Its also one reason that White is, as Andrew Thomas put it in the Wall Street
Journal, "a liberals worst nightmare": Its because hes "a
sincere black athlete repudiating the core values of contemporary liberalism."
"The notions of sexual liberation and radical individualism that today are
splintering American society were, after all, largely the invention of white liberal
intellectuals," Thomas notes. How ironic, he adds: "if blacks, whose ancestors
arrived (here) in chains, were to lead the nation back to freedom from the slavery of vice
and temptation that now shackle it."
It would be, indeed!
In an age when it seems we have no heroes, Ive just found one, a great role model
for our kidsReggie White.