“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” ― Winston Churchill
The definition of a hero is: Someone distinguished for exceptional courage or fortitude. One idealized for superior qualities or deeds. In classical mythology, a hero was always a man of great nobility, physical prowess and often the son of a god and a mortal. To do a heroic deed is to have characteristics of a hero, which is showing great deeds, actions and behavior.
This past week, Jason Collins, a basketball player announced to the world that he’s homosexual. Before this, I’d never heard of Jason Collins, but his name has been making the media rounds since he made his public statement. Normally, I wouldn’t care if someone decides to announce their sexual preference because frankly, these days it’s not considered such a big deal. Enough people in the last 20 years, from sports stars to TV personalities, have come out to proclaim their same sex preference–so there’s really nothing attention grabbing about it. At least that was what I thought—because apparently I couldn’t have been more wrong.
All week long, I’ve been hearing about how brave, how courageous Mr. Collins is. He is being hailed as a hero throughout media and Hollywood. He’s even caught the attention of the White House, as Obama phoned Collins personally, I guess to congratulate him. Huh? Well, I guess since USA Today declared Obama the first ‘gay president‘, it seems plausible that he’d call a homosexual basketball player to tell him that how proud he is and to praise him for his courage. Obama even praised him at a press conference this week saying in part, “I told him I couldn’t be prouder… one of the extraordinary measures of progress that we’ve seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves… Not just tolerance, but recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.”
And now it seems that Collins has been invited to appear with Michelle Obama at the DNC fundraiser later this month in New York. Michelle was apparently so proud of the homosexual basketball player she tweeted him personally and said, “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!”
Now, let me get this straight–no pun intended. We have a homosexual basketball player who is praised by everyone from the media and all the way to the White House for being a “hero”. Obama says he’s proud of a gay basketball player for his “courage”. Michelle tells a gay basketball player she “has his back”.
I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to recall the time Obama ever called Chris Kyle, the United States Navy SEAL who was known as the most lethal sniper in American military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Chris Kyle served four tours in the second Iraq war, was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star multiple times and even had a bounty on his head because Iraqi insurgents called him the “Devil of Ramadi” and, he was shot twice and also was involved in six IED attacks before he was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 2009. Tragically, Chris was killed when a fellow veteran, whom Chris was trying to help with his PTSD, shot him.
It’s interesting that during Obama’s SOTU speech, he mentioned so many victims of gun violence, but never once mentioned Chris Kyle’s name. In fact, long over a month after Chris’ death, there was not one word of condolence offered by Obama or his staff. And no, Michelle has never offered to take any of Chris’s 6 family members to a fundraiser—and no, Michelle also hasn’t offered to hang out with any of the family members of the 4 Americans murdered in Benghazi–all fallen under Obama’s watch.
So who is the true hero? To those who seem to base “heroism” on ever changing, politically correct liberal definitions, the hero is the gay basketball player. The reason is because we are living in a society where we are not only supposed to simply be “tolerant” but we are also supposed to openly recognize and accept their lifestyles—as if being gay is an exceptional fortitude or quality, worthy of praise and adoration.
Jason Collins is no hero–not in the real definition of the word at least. He may be a good player, a great guy and well liked by millions, but he’s no hero.
Real heroes are those who, in humble silence, go about their daily work in protecting our nation. Some do it by trying to keep our communities safe from criminals; others do it by battling and saving lives while in the heat of an inferno. Then there are those who fight for freedoms for us here at home and for millions around the world; those who swore an oath and who never have and never will let that oath expire, because it’s who they are. They don’t seek recognition or fame; they don’t seek phone calls or invites. They are simply exceptional, courageous and humble. They know and understand, live and sometimes even die by the words of Jesus: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Those are my heroes.