Lance Berkman was one of many citizens who opposed the HERO ordinance that was shot down on Tuesday in Texas.
Former Major League Baseball player went on Houston AM radio station KTRH to talk about the failed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) ordinance.
The ordinance would have prohibited bias in housing, employment, city contracting and business services for 15 protected classes, including race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. On Tuesday the measure failed by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent.
Opponents of HERO argued that it would allow transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity rather than biological sex. Berkman, who played for the Houston Astros from 1999-2010, was an opponent of the ordinance and appeared in an ad encouraging people to vote against it. On Wednesday Berkman discussed the aftermath of the vote on KTRH’s “The Michael Berry Show”:
“As a Christian, I feel like I have an obligation to take a stand for what I believe is right. I feel that too many Christians are passive, they don’t want to offended anybody, they want to be careful that they’re not trying to push their belief system on other people. I’m not about pushing my belief system on other people, but I am about articulating my belief system. I am about taking a stand for it when I have the opportunity. That’s to me is what this was about.”
“You get called a bigot and intolerant and all that other stuff. To me tolerance is the virtue that’s killing this country. We’re tolerant of everything. You know, everything is okay, and as long as you want to do it and as long as it feels good to you then it’s perfectly acceptable for you to do it. Those are the kinds of things that lead you down a slippery slope, and you’ll get in trouble in a hurry.”
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