There’s no question that Curt Schilling has uttered a good number of politically incorrect statements during his career at ESPN.
The former All-Star pitcher has compared radical Muslims to Nazis and most recently suggested that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere.”
But it was something he shared on social media – about transgender bathrooms -- that turned out to be the last straw for ESPN.
To be blunt -- he was unceremoniously fired because he has a problem with men using the ladies room.
Schilling shared a photo of a portly man dressed in women’s clothing – wearing a wig and holding a purse. The man’s ample bosom protruded from two strategically-placed holes. Alongside the eyebrow-raising photo was a message:
“LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die.”
Schilling followed up with statement of his own:
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Schilling’s common-sense post sent liberals scampering for safe spaces all across the fruited plain.
The left-leaning sports network swiftly gave Schilling the heave-ho – much to the delight of LGBT activists and their cronies in sports journalism.
“ESPN is an inclusive company,” they wrote in a statement to The New York Times. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
In other words, unless you conform to ESPN’s radical cultural agenda, you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot – not worthy of death – just unworthy to be gainfully employed.
But I suspect an overwhelming majority of Americans agree with Schilling’s perspective on transgender bathrooms. Many moms and dads sincerely do not want their young daughters sharing a bathroom or a locker room with boys or men.
My friend Jeff Katz, a talk radio host in Richmond, Virginia, told me he would be horrified if he saw a grown man using the same bathroom as his young daughter.
“I would be absolutely horrified,” he told me. “I don’t think I’m a bad guy because I think my 13-year-old daughter ought to be able to be in a girl’s locker room and be among other people. I don’t think that makes me a bad person.”
But many on the left would say Mr. Katz is a very bad person.
And for that matter – they would be more than willing to label parents who share similar concerns as “transphobic bigots.”
Curt Schilling joins a growing list of Americans who have been punished for rejecting the basic tenets of the gender revolution. From bakers in Oregon to a florist in Washington State – there is a nefarious movement afoot to silence anyone who dares oppose the LGBT agenda.
Just this week, I wrote about Dr. Eric Walsh, a medical doctor and lay minister who was fired from his public-sector job in part because of sermons he delivered against homosexuality.
Again, those who preach tolerance have demonstrated time and time again – that they are the least tolerant.
ESPN said Schilling’s conduct was unacceptable.
If they truly believe that are we to assume that ESPN has already set a national standard by allowing its employees to use whichever restrooms they desire, regardless of whether they leave the seat up or down?
Will ESPN publicly advocate for professional sports to transform stadium bathrooms into gender-neutral facilities – to accommodate the cultural whims of every ze, zir and them?
It’s a very unusual time to be an American, folks. We’ve reached a point where choosing a bathroom based on your God-given plumbing makes you a transphobic bigot. Traditional values just got double-flushed.
Schilling has learned a very important lesson – free speech comes with a price. And those who dare defend traditional values -- will be silenced.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values." Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.