ESPN Fires Schilling For Transgender Comments
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is no stranger to controversy – just last year, he was suspended by ESPN for a tweet that compared Muslims to Nazis. But this time, he isn’t getting a second chance. The sports network, for whom Schilling works as an analyst and commentator, fired him this week for comments he made on Facebook regarding transgender rights.
The post included a meme featuring a man in drag. The text said: “Let him in to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
In case anyone didn’t pick up on the sarcasm, Schilling helpfully explained his position in the comments below. “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” he said. “Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
ESPN announced on Wednesday that Schilling’s services would no longer be needed. “ESPN is an inclusive company,” they said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
An inclusive company, eh. What exactly does that mean, anyway? If Schilling had posted an image mocking Christians who support religious freedom, would ESPN have fired him for that as well? Probably not. That’s why “inclusiveness” and “tolerance” are such nonsense words. Or, at the very least, they are shortcut terms that leave out the rest of the context. The left gets to decide which behaviors are acceptable and which aren’t. Which opinions are okay and which ones will get you fired. The network would have at least scored some honesty points if they’d just said, “ESPN is a liberal company, and we expect our employees to have liberal opinions.”
What is hateful or offensive about what Schilling wrote? Ten years ago, his post would not have even been controversial. But all of a sudden, transgender bathroom rights have become the most important social justice topic in America. Rock stars and international corporations are boycotting North Carolina for what? Passing a law that says that men should use the men’s room! That’s how quickly this LGBT movement has spiraled out of control.
On his blog Tuesday, Schilling said that America was filled with people “just dying to be offended” by remarks like the one he made. He’s certainly right about that, but this isn’t just about a handful of imbecilic activists. This is a determined, top-down effort to marginalize Christian values and erase 200 years of traditional American norms. To remake the country, liberals know they have to first destroy the foundation.