Real heroes: Colonel Allen West on gay basketball player.

Colonel West talks about the immense “bravery” required by basketball player Jason Collins to come out of the closet as a gay man. He compares this type of bravery and heroism to the efforts of amputee Sgt 1st Class Greg Robinson, 34, and his heroic completion of the rigorous Air Assault school.

Sgt 1st Class Robinson completed this training while wearing a prosthetic leg! You read that right, he lost one of his legs during one of his deployments in Afghanistan, you know, fighting for our country. As a platoon leader he did not feel it was right to command men that had to complete any type of training that he himself had not completed. So he went through the training as well, with one prosthetic leg.

Wait a second… There is a comparison? No, actually there is no comparison at all is there? This basketball player comes out as gay, all of a sudden people care who he is? Now they praise and adore him? Now he gets the front page magazine shots? He even gets a phone call from President Obama and moral support from former President Clinton? For coming out as gay?

In my opinion, if there was ever a time to come out as gay, this is it. Tell me what’s so brave about him admitting he’s gay, here, in this day and age? Until this coming out event, I bet very few people knew or cared who Jason Collins was (no offense buddy). But now he’s great for the big agenda.

I know that for some individuals there may be real serious challenges to coming out as gay.  A violent parent, homophobic neighbors, and so on. I even wrote about this recently on a piece I did on being gay and latino for Latino Rebels. But you know what I think about this dude? I think he wanted the publicity, I mean, who’s business is it what you do in the bedroom? I don’t care, why would anybody care, it’s not our concern. So this dude is an unknown basketball player, he wanted to do something to make himself standout and popular, you know to get media attention. So he comes out and says he’s gay. Looks like it worked. Had you heard of him before this? This is what I perceive him as doing. He’s riding the gay bandwagon for popularity. Using it to boast his career.

Meanwhile, do you think that any of these people that praise him for his bravery place any value on the efforts of Sgt 1st Class Robinson to protect our country and lead the younger soldiers? Hah, doubtful. Look, I have no problem with gays my friends, my problem is that the media, and politicians in power place such great value on something like what this guy did, while completely ignoring the efforts of men like Chris Kyle, and Sgt 1st Class Robinson. That’s bull crap.

Let’s hear what Colonel West has to say about this topic.


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Real heroes: Colonel Allen West on gay basketball player. http://t.co/dDk4svDjtX

Greta Garbo
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“Isn’t it chic to be gay nowadays? What’s so brave about being gay, here, in this day and age? “- This coming from a heterosexual who is TOTALLY clueless about what it is like to be gay in America. TOTALLY. CLUELESS.

Greta Garbo
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You can still be fired for being gay. Kids commit suicide because they are taunted for being gay. All but 10 states continue to deny us the right to marry. Members of the GLBT community are beaten and ostracized for being who they are. And “chic” to be gay? I don’t even know what to say to that.

Greta Garbo
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I’m sorry but I have zero tolerance for people who mouth off about the gay experience like they know what they are talking about when they clearly don’t. You will always be an outsider, Angel and you will always have more privileges because you are a heterosexual male. Enjoy it.

Angel Rodriguez
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Greta, you only see what you want to see. Look at the comparison I’m making there. Granted, my language may be somewhat hostile, but I keep saying time and time again, I don’t have problems with gays. It pisses me off that this guy is being treated like the second coming of Christ, and this soldier who has done some crazy sh*t, is being completely shunned. Even you have not acknowledge that part of the article. That’s my point. You are just seeing Angel saying something that is not “positive” about gays, but you completely pass by the rest of… Read more »

Greta Garbo
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Angel, maybe your memory is failing or something because it was just last week that we addressed this (except we were talking about the sniper the first time, rather than this Sgt). I’m not saying that members of the military don’t do heroic things. But I take issue with you, yet AGAIN touting people in the military as the only “True heroes.” Not only is that inaccurate, it smacks of arrogance. And I do not see what I “want to see.” I see what is THERE.

Angel Rodriguez
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Greta, we keep debating this topic, I said it before, I recognize the challenge. But you know what I think about this guy? I think he wanted the publicity. He’s a 2nd rate ball player, and he wanted to do something to make himself popular and to get media attention. Had you heard of him before this? And that, that is why I used the term chic, because that’s what I perceive him as doing. Using it to boast his career. After reading your words, I realize that there are many other gay kids that are in situations where they… Read more »

Greta Garbo
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Sure, please do.

Megas Kostas
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I give this troll job a 10!

Greta Garbo
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Most of America considers joining the military an honorable thing to do. I personally have never heard of someone in the Army or any of the other branches being beaten up (here in America) for being in the military. I do, however, hear about gay people being beaten up just for being gay.

Greta Garbo
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And all too often at that.

Angel Rodriguez
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Getting your leg blown off by a bomb while serving in combat. Pretty brave. Coming back and completing a training with one leg, to motivate your men. Pretty intense. The Sgt works for the country Obama leads. So, why call this guy and not the Sgt? This is my issue.

So yes, being in the military, you die. Moreso.

Angel Rodriguez
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Don’t believe, take a trip to Arlington cemetery. Or just google the number of soldiers killed in combat this year alone. Come on now.

Greta Garbo
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You aren’t even reading my posts. I specifically said beaten up IN AMERICA for being in the military. NOT overseas combat.

Angel Rodriguez
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I am reading, but in America there is no combat. So I have to use their job to make the point that soldiers die.

Greta Garbo
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So why can’t they both be heros? Why are you comparing apples and oranges?

Greta Garbo
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Soldiers die, thanks for letting me know.

Angel Rodriguez
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Well. Why didn’t they both get a call? Why does Obama value this basketball player more than the soldier?

Greta Garbo
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Next time I talk to the President I’ll ask him and let you know what he says.

Angel Rodriguez
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They can both be heroes, but judging by his actions, he only sees one. That’s why I’m stepping up and pointing it out.

Angel Rodriguez
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It’s not an easy topic for me to cover, neither is immigration. Because both are topics I stand on the left about. However, something like this goes too far in taking sides. The president should be more transparent and neutral. Especially with social matters like this.

Angel Rodriguez
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He should be reading these articles and understanding why we write these things. But he doesn’t care. So we continue voicing our opinions.