Former Major League Baseball player Lance Berkman was an outspoken opponent of Proposition One, which would have extended non-discrimination protections to LGBT people in Houston (video below).
After Prop One, also known as the HERO ordinance, was defeated on Nov. 3, Berkman appeared on KTRH 740 AM’s “The Michael Berry Show" on Nov. 4 to opine on the results (video below), notes the Houston Chronicle.
Berkman claimed there was “digital persecution” of himself and his family, and explained how tolerance "is killing this country."
I was a little bit disappointed that the mayor said what she said, or tweeted what she tweeted. And by the way, I'm not on Twitter. I don't do Facebook, I'm not a social media guy, so alot of this 'persecution' is digital.
I mean, it's not real to me because I don't see anything, I don't pay any attention to it. I just keep my head down and try to do whatever I'm up to that day.
...What I didn’t expect was that the mayor would make a personal attack, as far, she might come out say this guy is an idiot redneck bigot. But I didn’t expect her to talk about my girls, or talk about my family, so I was a little disappointed by that.
However, Berkman failed to mention that he was the one who brought up his wife and daughters in his attack ad against the HERO ordinance.
The "personal attack" that Berkman referred to were these tweets by Parker:
"Lance Berkman played in St. Louis. Guess his girls didn't go to his games! SL has a non-discrimination ordinance."
"Then Lance Berkman went to Dallas. Oops. Dallas amended its Charter to clarify gender identity protections. Can you spell hypocrite?"
Berkman also didn't mention that he referred to transgender people in his attack ad as "troubled men who claim to be women" who were a "danger" and would commit a potential "crime" in women's bathrooms.
Berkman claimed during the interview that he a Christian who doesn't push his belief system on people, but said that he is about "articulating my belief system and I am about taking a stand for it when I have the opportunity."
Berkman brushed aside claims that he was a bigot or intolerant, and added:
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 that will, and you’ll get in trouble in a hurry.