RGIII: I’m a Christian who thinks ‘now is the window’ for gay players to come out

By Jonathan Newton TWP. QUOTE OF THE DAY | “I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re … Continued

By Jonathan Newton TWP.


“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.”

-Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, in an interview with GQ magazine. The profile of Griffin is titled The Second Coming of RG3.

Read more on religion, culture and politics at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University.

  • jo_joseph_99

    Who knows maybe he might come out one day…

  • stanleycup2013

    There is so much more to life than ‘coming out’ and forcing other people to know everything about your private life. Why can’t gays just keep their private life private? Heterosexual people do not ‘come out’ and declare their sexual preference to the world. Heterosexuals do not have ‘straight pride’ parades, wear T-shirts that declare themselves to be ‘straight’, etc.

  • Sigi

    Huge moron!

  • Carla_claws

    “I’d like you to meet my wife.” “My husband and I are giving a party Friday.” “My girlfriend and I went to the beach.”

    Heck, you outed yourself as a hetero in your post.

  • chowlett1

    Stanley, “private” in this instance means cowering in the closet instead of having the option to be open like every one else. Why do you feel that some people have to be ashamed of how they were born?

  • malusk03

    “Heterosexuals do not have ‘straight pride’ parades, wear T-shirts that declare themselves to be ‘straight’, etc.”
    Poor StanleyCup has never seen a Mardi Gras parade or a fraternity party, or checked out the T-shirts at spring break, or been to Hooters or a Las Vegas show.

  • mentholatum

    I’m not sure there is any one right time to do anything. It all depends on how “you” personally feel about the risks and benefits of doing that. Life ain’t the same for all of us, sad to say. Acceptance is spotty, depending on your profession; age, sex, and a whole slew of other things that I am sure I have no capacity to catalogue.

  • greywolf5714

    Takes a 23 year old to point out the sheer hypocrisy of condemning being gay as a sin whilst defending their own adultery which is what those old white diaper wearing Congressmen (mention no names David Vitter) do

  • jay2drummer

    “There is so much more to life than ‘coming out’ and forcing other people to know everything about your private life.” Why yes, there is. And I assume you’re gonna start telling that every heterosexual who’s made any aspect of their private lives public?

    “Why can’t gays just keep their private life private?” You mean like that heterosexual couple making out at the bar last night? Or that heterosexual president, who lets people he knows he’s heterosexual by showing people he has a wife and kids? Or that heterosexual star QB who got married recently and it was all over the news?

    “Heterosexual people do not ‘come out’ and declare their sexual preference to the world.” When I date girls, I make sure people know it. I tell friends/family. I take her on dates in public. I’ve even spent time sharing “that girl I hooked up with stories” with friends during breaks. But because I’m a guy, you have no problem with it.

    “Heterosexuals do not have ‘straight pride’ parades, wear T-shirts that declare themselves to be ‘straight’, etc.” Heterosexuals have never been bullied for being straight, been told to be ashamed of being straight, or been condemned by their political/religious/community leaders, teachers, or family members for being straight. But I’m guessing you have no clue what “Pride Parades” are about, given your statements.

  • leibowde84

    Seems like RGIII is trying to make a difference. By more and more top-ranked players come out with support for their homosexual co-workers, it will teach kids that its OK to be Gay. It’s a small start, but this could be the start of the movement to end the shame associated with being homosexual in America, especially when you are a role-model in a very “traditional” sport.

  • leibowde84

    Hopefully, if enough players in sports come out and say the same thing, kids will stop listening to their hate-filled, prejudiced parents and come to the realization that being gay is nothing to hide or be ashamed of.

  • trouztrouz

    RGIII has made it known that he is a believer and a Christian while generally keeping a lid on specific beliefs and avoiding coming off as proselytizing. Tim Tebow should take notes.

  • leibowde84

    Yeah, I don’t know where you get the idea that straight people don’t flaunt their heterosexuality all the time. That’s a crazy thing to think!

  • leibowde84

    RGIII = awesome.

  • Catken1

    I’ve never hidden the existence of my husband or son, and I don’t plan to. Why should I expect my gay and lesbian friends to?

  • NinerFan4Life

    Sounds like somone needs to know it’s 2013, not 1973.

  • NinerFan4Life

    Funny that I don’t see Tim Tebow as a proselytizing. He wears his faith on his sleeve, but I have never seen him put down gay folks or anyone else.

  • NinerFan4Life

    We as LGBT people could’ve not had people like RG III in our corner unless many of us decided to be open and let the world know who we are. Once we told our stories, people in the general population found out we weren’t the monsters some so-called Christians claimed we were.

  • Catken1

    Hope not, for his wife’s sake. It’s possible to be straight but not narrow.

  • jay2drummer

    He’s done television commercials against abortion based on his faith, for one thing. He may not have waded into the gay issue, but he has certainly proselytized on other issues.

  • leibowde84

    I agree. Moves like this are necessary to ditch the stigma.

Read More Articles

Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism

The all-or-nothing approach to the Bible used by skeptics and fundamentalists alike is flawed.

The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

Heaven Hits the Big Screen

How “Heaven is for Real” went from being an unsellable idea to a bestselling book and the inspiration for a Hollywood movie.

This God’s For You: Jesus and the Good News of Beer

How Jesus partied with a purpose.

God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

An Untold Story of Bondage to Freedom: Passover 1943

How a foxhole that led to a 77-mile cave system saved the lives of 38 Ukrainian Jews during the Holocaust.

Friend or Foe? Learning from Judas About Friendship with Jesus

We call Judas a betrayer. Jesus called him “friend.”

Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.

Dear Evangelicals, Please Reconsider Your Fight Against Gay Rights

A journalist and longtime observer of American religious culture offers some advice to his evangelical friends.