Earlier this week, NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported on reaction at Collins’ old elite high school, Harvard Westlake. Suffice it to say that the level of tolerance for Collins’ homosexuality is admirable at Harvard Westlake – but the level of tolerance for traditional religion at Harvard Westlake is apparently awful.
The Times reports that the school has a gay-straight alliance of about fifty students. “Religion isn’t discussed much,” says the Times. More importantly, commenting on ESPN commentator Chris Broussard’s comments regarding the traditional religious view of homosexuality as sinful, school basketball coach Greg Hilliard said, “We have a lot less tolerance for people who make reactionary statements like Mr. Broussard. If a guy like that came to this campus, that is where I would have to talk to my guys about the importance of tolerance…. They’d have some hard questions for a guy like that.” In April 2013, the school hosted openly gay former NBA center John Amaechi.
Tolerance for the left only extends to sexual orientation, not religion, as Broussard found out. No doubt, some religious Harvard Westlake student will quickly find out the same thing.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).