RGIII To Gay NFL Players: Now Is The ‘Window’ To Come Out

RGIII On Gay NFL Players Now Is The 'Window' To Come OutThe possibility of an active NFL player coming out as gay remains a hot topic. Speaking on the subject, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III believes there are gay players in the league right now and thinks there’s a window of opportunity for them to make it known.

‘To each his own’

His comments on the sensitive subject were among the outtakes from a recent interview with GQ magazine, as passed along by Brendan Vaughan.

Yeah, man. I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window. My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery—or any of those other sins that are in the Bible—those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way.

‘Potential backlash’

His stance isn’t controversial by any means. In fact, it’s more of a laissez-faire approach, as he seeks to let everybody live their own lives in whatever manner they feel comfortable despite his Christian faith.

Of course, not everybody feels that way. There would be countless different opinions about a gay player in a team’s locker room, and not all of them would be positive. Griffin is just one voice of 53, albeit a very high-profile one.

And that fear of potential backlash from both teammates and other players around the league is likely one of the major reasons gay players haven’t made their personal lives publicly known.

Do you think a gay NFL player will be coming soon after RGIII’s statement? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Tim Daniels | Bleacher Report

Image: The Atlantic Wire

Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gays

Pope Francis Says He Won't Judge GaysPope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society.

‘Who am I to judge them?’

Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Brazil, he reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not. He was responding to questions about whether there was a “gay lobby” in the Vatican.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?”

He also said he wanted a greater role for women in the Church, but insisted they could not be priests.

‘Less judgemental’

The Pope arrived back in Rome on Monday after a week-long tour of Brazil – his first trip abroad as pontiff – which climaxed with a huge gathering on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach for a world Catholic youth festival. Festival organisers estimated it attracted more than three million people.

His remarks on gay people are being seen as much less judgemental than his predecessor’s position on the issue. Pope Benedict XVI signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. But Pope Francis said gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

Do you agree with Pope Francis’ statements? Do you think gays can become priests?

Source: BBC News

Image: Al Jazeera