Will Nebraska Fire Antigay Coach?
BY Michelle Garcia
March 21 2012 5:17 PM ET
The University of Nebraska is being asked to terminate assistant football coach Ron Brown after he lobbied the Omaha City Council to reject a law prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination.
"What are you going to do with Jesus?" Brown said in his testimony to the Omaha City Council. "Ultimately, if you don't have a relationship with him, and you don't really have a Bible-believing mentality, then anything goes."
While the city of Omaha passed the measure last week, Brown's words and actions are the reasoning behind a Change.org petition to fire Brown. Brown's actions violate his school's own nondiscrimination policy, which bans bias "based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran’s status marital status, religion and political affiliation," Outsports reports.
However, Brown has used his position as assistant coach to promote his religious beliefs. Brown, who has said he is working in football to "bring honor and glory to God," has also said he believes his life's purpose is to lead people to salvation through Christ. Last year Brown led a joint prayer between his team and Penn State's after the Jerry Sandusky molestation accusations surfaced.
In 2002, Brown was turned down for a coaching job at Stanford University because his views were in opposition to the institution's policies.
Watch Brown's testimony below: