Alan Sears

Johnny Weir, a U.S. Olympic figure skater and well-known as a person caught in the traps of homosexual behavior, modeled the intolerance of the homosexual agenda when he said it was "disgraceful" that Vidmar had been chosen in the first place. Moreover, Weir also confessed he "wouldn't want to be represented by someone who is anti gay marriage."

In all these things, the careful reader will notice Weir has committed two or three major errors that put the intolerance of same-sex "marriage"; advocates on full display.

For starters, Weir said Vidmar was "very publicly against something that may be represented on the American team." By this, Weir means that Vidmar was "publicly against" same-sex "marriage." In truth, however, Vidmar did not make public statements against anything. Rather, he was publicly in support of marriage between a man and a woman. Vidmar said as much when he issued the following statement about the amendment to the California Constitution that protects marriage (formerly Proposition 8): "It's good for our society to have a traditional definition of marriage."

Nevertheless, the intolerance of those who promote homosexual behavior so sadly encapsulates their thinking that they paint public, positive support of one thing as equivalent to public, negative opposition to another.

Another error Weir made was in intimating that Vidmar could not be a suitable representative for the American team because some members of that team held to beliefs or practices with which Vidmar might not agree. In this scenario, the only suitable representative for the American team is one who has no objections whatsoever-moral, faith-based, or otherwise-with homosexual behavior, and one who lacks the compassion to object to any other number of such self-destructive practices.

Although Weir and other practitioners of homosexual behavior are usually the first to argue that what they do in their private lives is none of our business, they made sure Vidmar wasn’t extended such charity. His decision to use a minuscule portion of his private time (and private funds) to support a cause he believed worthwhile has been seized upon by the militant agents of intolerance and was used to drive him from the arena he so loves.

The Alliance Defense Fund has seen this intolerance firsthand again and again as it has defended marriage in California and many other places. In fact, just last week an ADF-allied attorney in Europe was heckled and jeered by homosexual activists at a European Union meeting where she dared to say that Christians shouldn’t be sent to prison for peacefully expressing their beliefs. Therefore, we appreciate the courage shown by Vidmar: a man whose very reputation is now under siege because he had the fortitude to stand when others would not.

Alan Sears

Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.