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Nebraska Coach: “Honor” to Lose Job for Antigay Statements

Nebraska Coach: “Honor” to Lose Job for Antigay Statements

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To University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown, it would be an "honor" to be fired for speaking out against an LGBT rights law.

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University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown says it would be an "honor" to lose his job for statements he made in opposition to an LGBT rights ordinance in Omaha, the Associated Press reports.

Brown attended an Omaha City Council meeting last month to speak out against the proposed law, which the council subsequently approved. He told council members that such a law would go against biblical prohibitions on homosexuality.

"The question I have for you all is, like Pontius Pilate, what are you going to do with Jesus?" Brown asked. "Ultimately, if you don't have a relationship with him and you don't really have a Bible-believing mentality, really, anything goes."

Brown's action has led some to call for his firing, noting that the university bans antigay discrimination and that his comments could create a hostile atmosphere for LGBT student athletes. So far, however, administrators are supporting him, saying his beliefs do not reflect university policy but he has a right to express them.

Brown told the AP, "To be fired for my faith would be a greater honor than to be fired because we didn't win enough games. I haven't lost any sleep over it. I realize at some point, we live in a politically correct enough culture where that very well could happen."

Lincoln, where the university has its main campus, is scheduled to consider an ordinance similar to Omaha's in May. Brown said he is "praying about" speaking out against it.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.