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Nebraska Coach Ron Brown Won’t Speak At Hearing On Gay-Discrimination Bill

University of Nebraska-Lincoln football coach Ron Brown didn’t hold his tongue when the Omaha City Council debated adding sexual orientation and gender presentation to the town’s anti-discrimination ordinance. But the 22-year UNL veteran has said he won’t speak out in regards to a similar measure being considered in Lincoln.

“Everything inside of me said, ‘I don’t want the media to stop me from going,’” Brown told the Lincoln Journal-Star on Sunday. “Then I realized it was going to be a circus, and everybody already knows how I think. My views stand the same. As I prayed about it, I thought it was not in the Lord’s will for me to testify.”

And on behalf of God, we say “Thanks, pal!”

When Omaha was considering an ordinance (since passed) that would add LGBT protections, Brown addressed the Legislature, saying it would have to answer “to a higher authority” if it didn’t embrace the biblical view of homosexuality as sinful.

But in an open letter to the Journal-Star Brown denies his beliefs on homosexuality led him to discriminate against gays Corn Huskers:

I wholeheartedly agree with UNL’s Non-Discrimination Policy. As a UNL employee for 22 years, I haven’t, nor will I violate this policy…

Not all of my players have agreed with the Bible’s views. One example, of many, would be those choosing heterosexual sex outside of marriage. Though the Bible teaches this as sin, I haven’t penalized them with playing time or discrimination of any sort. Because I love them, I’ve invested in them even outside of football and gently asked them to consider God’s view on it… I

have and will embrace every player I coach, gay or straight… but I won’t embrace a legal policy that supports a lifestyle that God calls sin.

So you don’t discriminate against gays—and you support the school’s policy that forbids discriminating against gays. But everyone else should be free to discriminate against gays? That doesn’t make much sense.

On the CBS Sports website, Reaction to Brown’s latest comments were mixed—some attacked his views, others embrace them, and still others defending his right to his opinion.

Bama75201: Thank God for closet cases that speak hate against gays and lesbians. It’s God’s will to judge others. I read that somewhere in the Bible. “Judge thy neighbor lest thee be judged by others.”

CUJAYS87: Ron Brown is exercising his freedom of speech. If he was a Muslim I bet the hypocritcial libs and PC police would have no problem with anything he said.

OneWay2Go: The anger expressed over this issue is because you know Ron Brown is correct. Hence, you spin all kinds of reasons he should be fired. You do not see this anger when immoral activities are promoted. This anger towards Ron is because the Bible is clear–people hate righteousness. If there is truly a rightness then you know you will be judged by it.

brainfood: Brown does not represent the views of correct-thinking Nebraskans.  He is an embarrassment to the state.  He should resign or be fired immediately.  Maybe he can get a job at Falwell U.