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Nebraska Asst Football Coach Ron Brown Says It Would Be an Honor to Be Fired for His Anti-Gay Christian Beliefs


Nebraska Assistant Football Coach Ron Brown, who has faced calls for his firing since testifying against an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance that passed in Omaha in March, gives an interview to the AP in which he portrays himself as a victimized Christian.

Writes the AP:

Brown acknowledges that he uses his position as a platform for his ministry. He sprinkles in football metaphors during his many speaking engagements and sometimes references the players he’s coached. He said the risk of losing his job pales in comparison to the price others have paid for standing up for their beliefs. Christians throughout the world, he pointed out, have been murdered because of their faith.

In his March testimony, Brown told the Omaha City Council what they were doing was "not Biblical".

Since the "not Biblical" ordinance passed, residents can now file complaints with Omaha's Human Rights and Relations Department if they are fired over their orientation, suffer other workplace discrimination or are refused service at restaurants, hotels or other places that serve the public.

Watch video of Brown's testimony before the Omaha City Council, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Brown: "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."

Blogger Aksarbent, who shot video of Brown's "sermonette" to council members, wrote: "Brown has made a career of foisting his reactionary brand of Christianity on football players and of ignoring separation of church and state in his attempts to proselytize in public schools under the guise of campaigning against alcohol abuse, drunk driving and other problems which are quite solvable without religion."

Says Brown to the AP:

“To be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn’t win enough games. I haven’t lost any sleep over it. I realize at some point, we live in a politically correct enough culture where that very well could happen.”

Lincoln, Nebraska is considering a similar LGBT non-discrimination ordinance to that passed in Omaha. A hearing may be held on May 7.

"Brown said he is 'praying about' speaking in opposition if his schedule allows."

Watch video of Brown's testimony before the Omaha City Council, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Crucify him on a 6.5 ft by 6.5 feet wooden swastika

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Apr 25, 2012 9:06:27 PM


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  3. The Tribe has spoken, "You're Fired"!

    Posted by: aj | Apr 25, 2012 9:44:10 PM

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    Posted by: sylina | Apr 25, 2012 9:56:58 PM

  5. I bet he has no problem watching 2 girls get it on.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Apr 25, 2012 10:59:00 PM

  6. I hope they honor him soon. Real soon. Hey, Ronbo, no matter how hard you want to be a martyr you'll never be able to drive that third nail in yourself. Fool.

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 25, 2012 11:17:37 PM

  7. God discriminates in that he sends some people to eternal life and some to eternal death if they do not repent of their sins. Homosexuality is a choice and is a sinful one. Mr. Brown should be commended for taking a stand for his beliefs. Isn't that what the universities teach? The universities teach open mindedness and acceptance and expect everyone to be open minded to what they teach yet are not open minded when it comes to someone like Mr Brown.

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 25, 2012 11:25:03 PM

  8. @Tim: Why should secular universities be open-minded about religious superstition? Religious universities aren't open-minded about secularism.
    @Towleroad: Thanks yet another link and the quote. AKSARBENT posted about this article, but what we thought interesting was head coach Bo Pellini's (got a FABULOUS pic of him, hehe) interesting claim that no NU player has ever complained about Brown's locker-room proselytizing. I'll bet. Now would be a great time for some gay ex-NU football players to come out and spill the beans about Brown's religious arm-twisting behind the scenes. Or some gay-friendly straight ex-NU players, for that matter.

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Apr 25, 2012 11:53:17 PM

  9. It's really rather sad. He hangs himself with his own words: "you will be held to great accountability for the decision you make".

    It's ironic that he lets a book make his decisions for him, as if the fact that he did what the Bible "told him" to do absolves him of all guilt. The enslavement of his race was justified at the time through the Bible. What a stupid, pitiful man.

    Posted by: Brim | Apr 26, 2012 12:27:19 AM

  10. We all need to ponder the question who is my neighbor ?, and re read the parable of the good Samaritan....

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Apr 26, 2012 12:58:45 AM

  11. Forty years ago he would never have been allowed to be a football coach. But thanks to anti-discrimination, he is allowed to fulfill his dreams. And what does he do with this opportunity, promote hatred towards LGBT people. Really classy.

    Posted by: homer | Apr 26, 2012 1:18:18 AM

  12. ive seen him in local gloryholes...
    no wonder he is

    Posted by: chytnia | Apr 26, 2012 1:47:23 AM

  13. Homosexuals throughout the world have been murdered because of Christianity

    Posted by: B | Apr 26, 2012 1:54:01 AM

  14. He's a pig bigot and if he wants to get fired we should fight for that.

    And find out who on the team he's been screwing, or vice versa.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 26, 2012 1:55:47 AM

  15. Football is big money.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 26, 2012 2:06:50 AM

  16. Assistant coach Ron Brown is a disgrace to the Civil Rights Movement via his overt practice of prejudice.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Apr 26, 2012 2:43:01 AM

  17. I see it as no more odd for a fundamentalist religious leader who is of color to believe in discrimination against the LGBTQI community than for a fundamentalist religious leader who is not a person of color. Both being humans of overly exacting expectations, always demanded of others while generally ignored personally, are more than likely to be just as crazy, mean hearted and stupid as the other.

    Posted by: StevyD | Apr 26, 2012 3:34:49 AM

  18. Stupid and ignorant ... he sure doesn't help the image of football coaches.

    Simpletons like him do not deserve ANY stage or microphone to spill his HATE which is not Christian at all!

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 26, 2012 4:16:17 AM

  19. Stupid and ignorant ... he sure doesn't help the image of football coaches.

    Simpletons like him do not deserve ANY stage or microphone to spill his HATE which is not Christian at all!

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 26, 2012 4:16:20 AM

  20. The man is fully entitled to his opinions and beliefs. It is up to the listener(s) to decide if what he says is worthy or should be ignored.

    Posted by: And NowThis | Apr 26, 2012 4:33:11 AM

  21. Funny how when a Christian states his beliefs, those who disagree want to cry foul by calling for discrimination, hatred, etc. Yet it's ok to discriminate against someone who believes in God. Science classes are filled with scientists and professors that say that only fools can believe in creationism, and say that evolution is the only truth. I could have sworn evolution was still a theory...

    Posted by: Jordon | Apr 26, 2012 4:40:32 AM

  22. @Tim. The Bible doesn't actually say that homosexuality is a sin. Please read the following post: http://clinicallyclueless.blogspot.com/2009/10/homosexuality-from-its-sin-to-christian_13.html

    Posted by: Snoopy | Apr 26, 2012 5:28:26 AM

  23. Call his bluff and fire his ass

    Posted by: Michael White | Apr 26, 2012 6:15:51 AM

  24. Oh, I've also been an active Christian since 1981. I am referring to the comment that I made above. (just before Michael White)

    Posted by: Snoopy | Apr 26, 2012 7:15:05 AM

  25. Umm, he is a football coach!! NEXT!

    Posted by: jb | Apr 26, 2012 8:38:24 AM

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