Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Warning: Sarcasm Ahead

I am so glad that a large majority of the population believes that it is okay for homosexuals to participate in sports. Talk about a meaningful statement about this country’s support for all athletes regardless of their sexual orientation. Granted, most of this country doesn’t want to allow two homosexuals to live in a monogamous relationship that is recognized by the state, but at least we are okay with them playing for our favorite sports team. In case you can’t tell because you can’t hear the tone of my voice, I am being more than a little sarcastic. Although I am happy that this survey showed mostly positive results, I still think it means very little. The survey results don't show an acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, but instead that sports fans can ignore that lifestyle and continue to enjoy the sport.

Although most of the questions showed positive answers regarding the respondents’ feelings towards homosexuals in sports, there was one answer that was a little disturbing:

I admire an athlete who is openly gay: 48% Agree - 52% Disagree

Does this mean that athletes should assume there is a “don’t ask – don’t tell” policy in sports too?