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Charlamagne Tha God Talks Jason Collins—“Being Gay Is Not A Crime’

New York radio show host Charlamagne Tha God is not backing down from his support of Jason Collins, the NBA center who recently shocked the cultural landscape when he announced that he was the first active gay athlete in a male professional team sport. The outspoken personality on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club morning show, who made waves when he criticized individuals for condemning Collins coming out yesterday, believes it all comes down to personal freedom.

“I think everybody has the right to be who they are and not be chastised,” Charlamagne explains of his positive comments on Collins. “I hate prejudice on any level. I don’t care if it’s somebody being discriminated against because of the color of their skin or their sexuality or their gender or financial status. I know some people say sexuality is a choice. But what if it’s not? What if people are born gay? What if they have been trying to be what society says what they should be instead of who they are? They shouldn’t be chastised for that.”

In fact, Charlamagne says that society needs to get to the point where being gay is not looked at as a shocking aberration. “I don’t even think gay people should be forced to announce that they are gay as much as I should be forced to stand up and say that I’m straight or black,” he continues. “And as part of the media we shouldn’t act like whenever somebody comes out of the closet that we just found Bigfoot. We don’t have to treat homosexuals like they are aliens living amongst us. They are regular people.”

Charlamagne also addressed his on-air showdown with ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard, who was named “Donkey of the Day” by the radio personality for claiming that Collins’ homosexuality represented an open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.

“I have to say that I stand by what I said about Chris Broussard, but after talking to him and listening to him expound on his thoughts—while I still don’t agree with him about his stance on homosexuality—I do agree with him when he says that we all live in unrepentant sin. “I can only speak of the things that I do, whether it’s premarital sex or fornication. But the reason why I disagree with Chris when it comes to homosexuals openly rebelling against God is who says what they are doing is wrong?”

Continues Charlamagne “I hear people say that being gay is a sin that can’t be forgiven. No…who are you to say that? You can’t put being gay in the same sentence as being a thief or a murderer. Being gay is not a crime. Those other things are crimes because you are hurting other people. If you were born gay that’s who you are. How can that be a sin?”

For Charlamagne, it’s quite simple. Collins should not have to carry the burden of being a representative for the gay community. “You don’t tell blacks to announce that they are black or whites to stand up and say that they are white,” he says. “Why should someone like Jason Collins be forced to stand up and say who he is. Let them be who they are. Collins is just being honest and real, like we are all supposed to be. That’s what life is about.”—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29

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