Folks are coming to me, semi-understandably, as if I am Daniel Murphy’s spokesperson which I am not.
Personally, I do not agree with Murph’s comments. To go deeper, I have a late-uncle who I believe was gay. He lived at a time where it was not easy to come out, and I don’t believe he ever did. To this day I think his brothers would be freaked out if I brought up the topic. That’s a shame that he could not be honest about himself with his own family.
As for Daniel, I have met Murph twice I think. Seems like a nice guy.
I have read his comments, and they don’t seem to be coming from a place of hate. Let’s not make him out to be John Rocker.
That being said, I think Craig Calcaterra makes good points below.
Even if his religion has taught him that homosexuality is wrong, and even if one thinks Murphy has the absolute right, as a citizen, to say what he wants about it (which he certainly does), there is no escaping the fact that such comments are ignorant. That they, however politely put, serve to marginalize a great many people. That they, when taken to their logical extreme, encourage and/or give cover for bigotry and violence and hatred.Given that Murphy does not appear to have any animus about him in his comments makes it safe to say that he doesn’t necessarily realize that. But the fact that he does not realize that shows you just how essential Billy Bean’s message in his new role — that its important to support LGBT persons in the baseball community — really is.
So am I with 28? Yeah. I have friends with whom I disagree on things. I won’t agree with Daniel on this one. If he starts being an annoying anti-homosexual crusader then I will reconsider. But yesterday he asked a question and answered it. Was asked for a follow-up and answered it.
I’ll agree to disagree with him. I reserve the right to continue to modify my opinion as I think about this more. As maybe Daniel will.
Now I ask you to look at yourself. Yesterday I brought up the offensive Mets cap and I was told by lots of you that my opinion was stupid. I’m told I am an idiot for being offended at a racist caricature. Oh. I’ll agree to disagree with you as well. You’re not racist, you were just raised to think it’s OK.
The Irish have a 100 year head start on tolerance, so things aren’t so bad. But 100 years later we’re still dealing with offensive Mets caps that have their roots in this.