I wrote some of this in the comments section of the article but I want to write a FanPost to complete my thoughts and in hopes that the author (Eriksson Lau) and Bloody Elbow will respond...
I will start out by saying that I am atheist, or more accurately an agnostic, I don’t believe in any religion. I completely support gay rights, but I also support the messages most religions preach (kindness, monogamy, respect, charity, etc), which are severely lacking in our world, and people’s right to follow those religions if they so choose, as long as they are not forcefully imposing those beliefs on others.
That being said, I find it ridiculous that this website and pretty much all liberal journalists in this and other countries, can write articles defending the rights of gay, transsexual, black, muslim, and other athletes, yet feel it is alright to ridicule and degrade the athletes, such as Tim Tebow and Vitor Belfort, that have Christian beliefs.
Whether you want to admit it or not, this is the main reason Belfort gets more hate than all of the other fighters (Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, Rampage Jackson, Nate Marquardt, Alistair Overeem, Stephan Bonnar, Chris Leben, Cyborg Santos, King Mo, Josh Barnett, and more) that have TRT exemptions and or have tested positive for steroids combined.
If the athlete being discussed had a design in his hair supporting gay rights, this article would either have never been written or it would have been in support, and anyone against it would have been called a bigot and probably banned, but because it was in reference to Christian beliefs, it is okay for the author and everyone in the comments to make fun of him, and anyone that denies that is lying to themselves. If this had been a haircut in support of gay rights does anyone believe the comment with a gif of someone puking would not have been deleted instead of greened?
And to be clear, this sole purpose of this article was to ridicule Vitor for being a religious Christian, and if not, then why? "Plus, the extra pony-tail/rat-tail thing, cause, you know, THE CROSS WOULD JUST LOOK RIDICULOUS WITHOUT IT." This is obviously implying that the fact that he has a cross on his head is ridiculous, which it sort of is, but can you honestly tell me, and I will be waiting for an answer, that the author would have written this or Bloody Elbow would have published the article had the symbol been supporting some other religion? No, because the honest answer is that they support those causes, that is not politically correct, and there would have been outrage if they had written an article mocking them.
So why then, when Bloody Elbow is so against racial and sexual bigotry, which I support, are you promoting religious bigotry? Why post an article blatantly mocking someone for being religious, because you obviously don’t agree with their point of view, while at the same time morally denouncing fighters, comedians, and Dana White for making insensitive comments or jokes, most of which are obviously meant to be jokes, funny or not, and not serious editorial articles for your website?
And on a completely different, although somewhat relevant, topic, I support LGBT rights, and if Lebron James wanted to get a sex change, and take hormones, and be called a female, he has a right to do whatever makes him happy, but I don't think he should be able to play in the WNBA, never mind punch a woman in the face, and although I don't condone the hateful way Matt Mitrione went about it, that opinion in and of itself is not hateful in any way. How can a website defend Fallon Fox's right to believe and do what ever makes her happy, while at the same time mocking Vitor for believing, as do millions of other people, in what makes him happy, and consider themselves fair?