Christian Post contributor Ken Hutcherson has attacked another contributor to the site for commending Jason Collins for coming out as gay, saying that homosexuality “has destroyed every civilisation it has touched”, as well as “the family”, and “the soul”.

Fellow contributor, Dave Thompson, wrote a column supporting NBA star Jason Collins for his recent decision to come out as gay, saying many church leaders “have denied the grace of Christ for gay couples,” and commending his bravery.

Jason Collins recently spoke about his sexuality, confirming he is gay in an article in Sports Illustrated magazine. He said: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

Hutcherson directly addressed Thompson, criticising his column, and compared homosexuality to “gambling, porn, alcohol and drug abuse,” as well as saying it “destroys the family… and eventually the soul”, reports Right Wing Watch.

He wrote: “Your defense of homosexuality is without merit because it has destroyed every civilization it has touched and that is shameful. Let’s stop with the rhetoric and speak in the truest sense of love, and that is what I am about to do.

“Like gambling, porn, alcohol and drug abuse, and sex addition, homosexuality destroys the family like nothing else, and eventually the soul that God turns over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1: 24-30)

“Mr Thompson, in your desperation to justify this sin of ‘choice,’ you have stated that Jason Collins is brave and you commended him for his stand. You have also stated many conservative pastors agree with you”, he continued.

“Oh please, as we say in Alabama, do you think I fell off the turnip truck to believe such a ludicrous statement? Sir I may have been born at night, but not last night.”

He concluded: “Those who have no concern for his salvation are exploiting Jason Collins. I would be the first person to invite Jason to our church, because we would not condemn him, but love him in the truest sense, being followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And yes, we would help him to understand the true love of Jesus Christ, and not the false hope you would give to him.”

A recent poll revealed that over two thirds of Americans support Collins’ decision to come out as gay.

After coming out, the star was subject to a tirade of abuse on the social networking site Twitter, including a number of death threats.

Despite some abusive messages, Collins received thousands of messages of support, including from President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, his teammates, coaches, the Commissioner of the NBA, and countless others.

In his first interview since coming out as gay, Collins said he hoped other professional athletes will follow his lead, and he later revealed that he wore the number 98 jersey in a silent gesture of solidarity with the gay community.