Why The %$#@ Is A Football Coach Testifying About Omaha’s Gay-Discrimination Ban?

We think Ron Brown, the assistant coach for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s football team, might have gotten tackled one too many times.

How else would you explain why someone who doesn’t even live in Omaha—and who’s career has nothing to do with politics or civic service—thinks they’re justified in coming before the Omaha City Council to testify against a proposed ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

Is he worried he wouldn’t be able to call his players screaming Marys when they fumble?

“As a Christian, and as a citizen, I believe I have the responsibility to stand for what I believe in,” Brown (right) said Thursday. “I’m firm on my stance…  For those of you on this council who have a relationship with Christ, and only you know if you do, you will be held to great accountability for the decision you make.”  he said.

Trying to  explain why he was nosing into city business, Brown explained “I was there because I realize that protection of one group of people as a class is going to unprotect another group.”

Maybe the council was confused: During his testimony, Brown facetiously gave his address as Omaha’s Memorial Stadium, where the Cornhuskers play. He also leads Nebraska’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and runs FreedMen Nebraska, a statewide Evangelical ministry.

Queerty reader John Carroll, who tipped us off to this story, is a Cornhuskers season ticket holder and dashed off an email to the school relaying his disappointment over the whole situation:

To hear Coach Brown, a representative of the University of Nebraska, use God and Jesus to argue against providing gays and lesbians protection from people that would harm them in the work place is beyond the pale. It makes me wonder what would happen if one of the football players came out. Would he bench them? Would he recommend kicking them off the team? I know former players that are gay. Has the University ever once asked them what it was like hiding in plain sight?

Mr. Brown’s veiled threat was particularly galling, “The question I have for you, like Pontius Pilate, is: ‘What are you going to do with Jesus?’ For those of you on this council who have a relationship with Christ, and only you know if you do, you will be held to great accountability for the decision you make.”

Coach Brown is a religious bully and has a history of using the University as his pulpit all the while disguising it as “motivational speaking.” No one can deny the impact that Coach Brown has had on young men from tough backgrounds. However, that cannot come at the expense of other kids, namely gay and transgendered kids.

If Mr. Brown insists on exercising his first amendment rights all the while spewing anti-gay rhetoric and threats of eternal damnation, please have him use his own address in the future. We should never hear in a public forum the words Memorial Stadium and sinner in the same speech.

Brown’s bosses at the U of Nebraska-Lincoln released a statement yesterday condemning his testimony, but only because he didn’t make it clear he was speaking for himself and not as a representative of the school.

Oh we just can’t with these people anymore.

Source: Omaha Journal Star