No less an institution than SportsIllustrated.com weighs in on the Belmont debacle, with writer Jeff Pearlman (who got his start, as you'll recall, at The Tennessean) giving Belmont chairman of the board of trustees Marty Dickens a bicycle kick to the a-head:
As the chairman of Belmont University's board of trustees, Dickens has served as the voice of godliness behind the Nashville school's recent decision to fire Lisa Howe, its women's soccer coach, because she has the audacity to be gay and expecting a child with her partner. As Dickens told The Tennessean on Sunday, "We expect people to commit themselves to high moral and ethical standards within a Christian context. That includes members of the board, faculty and administration." Dickens went on to explain that Belmont, a Christian university, boasts a very strict no-sexual-relations-outside-of-marriage policy, and since gays can't marry in the state of Tennessee, well, hey, Howe had to go.
Every day, men like Marty Dickens wake up and thank God for their positions as unofficial deities. Every day, I wake up and thank God for men like Marty Dickens. Without such people, after all, who would we intolerance-seeking journalists have to write about?
H/T: E. Thomas Wood.