By now, you’ve probably heard about the flap over former Miami Heat baller Tim Hardaway’s repugnant radio interview, in which he reacted to news that fellow NBA alum John Amachi is gay by proclaiming his hatred of gay people and declaring that homosexuality “shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.” This morning, my inbox contained a press release from none other than uberconservative group Concerned Women for America blasting Hardaway:
A former NBA star has made disturbing and harmful comments about his feelings toward people trapped in the homosexual lifestyle. Interviewing with a Florida sports radio show, former Miami Heat player Tim Hardaway said that he “hates gay people” and that he distances himself from them because he is “homophobic.” Concerned Women for America (CWA) is disappointed that a man who is respected by many sports fans would make such inflammatory remarks.
Can it be, CWA? Is that… is that a glimmer of basic human decency I detect? Oh, wait, no:
“Hardaway’s comments are both unfortunate and inappropriate,” said Matt Barber, CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues. “They provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in ‘hate.’ [....] It’s perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral [....] Hardaway’s comments only serve to foment misperceptions of widespread homosexual ‘victimhood’ which the homosexual lobby has craftily manufactured.”
You heard it here first. The problem with espousing hatred of gay people and darkly suggesting they “shouldn’t be in the world”? It creates problems for homophobes. Stay classy, CWA.