Bigots Claim Rams Violated their Religious Freedoms by Drafting Gay Player

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Michael_Sam_final_Mizzou_home_gameThe NFL’s St. Louis Rams must be quaking in its boots after drafting Mizzou defensive end Michael Sam, where he was consensus All-American and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. And no, not because, as Andy Kerman quipped in a tweet. “A man with TWO first names?”

This is a big deal. The White House demonstrated an awareness of this when it released a congratulatory statement:

The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.

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Sam was selected in the 7th round of the NFL draft on Saturday by the St. Louis Rams, and this was a historic milestone in NFL history. He is the NFL’s first openly gay player, and that makes bigots very angry. “What right does somebody have to be gay?” they thunder as brains sizzle and pop. “And on my TV!” Why, their rights are being trampled, by God! To make matters worse, Sam kissed his boyfriend when he found out he’d been drafted, not a girlfriend!

And the NFL can’t say it was not warned.

The Christian Post reported on the day the draft started that,

Jack Burkman, head of the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm J.M. Burkman & Assoc. who is seeking to ban gays from the NFL, says he intends to build a national coalition to boycott any football franchise that picks openly gay football player Michael Sam in the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” said Burkman.

Boycott a football team, the most popular and lucrative sport in America. Good luck with that.

And trample the Christian community. Really? Does Burkman really believe that his heretical friends have more rights than Michael Sam? More rights than an NFL team? More rights than the rest of the fan base?

All these bigots have to do is turn the channel. I know, as George Carlin said, these folks aren’t good with knobs, but c’mon.

In a release issued Thursday, Burkman said he would “leverage his political clout” to ensure that the franchise that selects the 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end from Missouri would get “roughed up financially.”

We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football. In short, we shall be relentless.

Burkman claims in the release that he is currently mobilizing “powerful grassroots organizations in 27 of the 50 states,” as well as a “coalition of Evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to take part in a protest if Sam is drafted.”

To their credit, Rams head coach Jeff Fischer and the Rams organization looked beyond all the hoopla and selected Sam purely on his athletic abilities and football IQ. Sam was one of college football’s premier pass rushers, and it makes perfect sense to draft him in that role. Fischer said of Sam, “He’s all about football.”

And in the world of the NFL, that’s all any team needs to know about a player.

Nobody’s rights have been trampled here, though that would have changed had these bigots compelled the Rams to ignore Sam out of fear of the repercussions. The Religious Right makes a great deal of noise about free speech, but they think only they have that right. They also whine a lot about religious freedom, but again, they think that right belongs only to them. The rights of others do not, for some reason, enter into the discussion.

In the world of religious bigotry, that’s all any homophobe needs to know about a man.

For his part, Sam has to prove he belongs in an NFL locker room and that will be determined not by whom he kisses but by how he performs on the field, as President Obama said, and as it should be.

Meanwhile, Burkman will remain “one of those idiots,” in the words of Michael Sam, “who say stupid things.”

78 Replies to “Bigots Claim Rams Violated their Religious Freedoms by Drafting Gay Player”

  1. Exactly how “Christian” can an NFL fan be? Most games are still to be played on the Christian Sabbath.

    But what the hell, the Christian right seems to ignore more of their own rules than anybody else.

  2. I have never understood the argument that another persons sex life violates my freedoms. Those who say gay marriage violates their religious freedoms
    should just be told ‘OK, don’t do it’

    Just like those people who say a woman should not be allowed an abortion because it violates their freedom should be told ‘OK don’t get one for yourself’

    Not helping the sick and poor violates my christian beliefs, so all rethugs must hereby comply with my religion.

  3. Thank goodness Burkbutt does have the “leverage” he thinks he does. We’re all spared. Since when are NFL teams religious teams? Funny the religious right wants to put their religious rights every where except the church where it belongs. They have a nerve to cry “religious freedoms”.

  4. Reason #2,183,473,509 why I will never be a christian or religious et al.

    But then again, Look at Jackie Robinson and what he endured. His team made it though, he made it through and American sports as we know them survived.

    American sports will move ahead and survive this as well. With or without the haters. I cant see football fans gnashing their teeth on a sunday because a gay man is on the field.

  5. Um about that war on religious freedom… It’s nonexistent. But religious, especially Christians, are leading the war cry against anyone. The far right Christians are biggest hypocrites in this nation.

  6. The homosexual has all the freedom he desires for his actions. Tebow also has his rights, but they are attacked by the liberals for being moral while the homosexual is not attacked for being immoral.

  7. Thank you St. Louis Rams for being a strong football team and not relenting to bigot pressure. New fan of yours here and the very best luck for many, many wins!

  8. so… a man with two first names is supposed to be an humorous insult?

    what does that say about Bob Lee and Jeff Davis? hmm..
    or Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson..

    Rednecks and Deep thought… always good for a laugh..

  9. Roger, you are missing what this is all about. Gays folks do not have all the freedoms you do. They can be fired for who they are. They can be told they can’t rent a place to live because of who they are. When the person they love is in the hospital, they can be kept from seeming them. These are just a few rights you have that they do not.
    We are a diverse nation. Those who don’t like it won’t accept who we are as a country. The tide has turned and the haters can think like they want. They just can’t expect the country to go along.

  10. I don’t remember Tim Tebow being attacked for anything except being an inadequate quarterback. Nobody criticizes players who offer pre-game prayers, kneel in the end-zone or praise god in interviews; the persecution is all in your head.

  11. No one has attacked Tebow for being “moral”.

    He’s rightfully criticized for violating the admonitions in Matthew 6:1-2, 5-6

    Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

  12. 110% agree. Nobody threatened to boycott Tim Tebow. In fact, Christians threatened anyone who doesn’t like Tebow and are upset that nobody in NFL wanted him. Several teams offered him to play TE, a position more suited for him, and he refused. It’s his choice and his only. Liberals has nothing to do with this.

  13. It is rather funny that football is a Christian sport, played on Sundays with scantily clad cheerleaders. Yes oh please boycott the games, merchandise etc. But wait, why boycott football? Because of a gay player on the team. I see. Planning on boycotting the armed forces anytime soon?

  14. It is not up to you or the “Christian” community to decide what is or is not immoral.

    I do find it most interesting that non-conservatives were attacked when we chose to boycott Chick Fil A, but the Extremes now use the same tactic. But such tactics easily backfire. I am not a football watcher, but I will make a point to support this player and his team!

  15. Translation: Lobbyists take millions from hate-filled Christian groups. He promises them he will bring the Rams to their knees knowing full well that’s not going to happen.

    Doesn’t matter. He’ll make millions off the hatred of a bunch of right wing fanatics and the whole thing will fade away….

  16. “The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” said Burkman.

    This guy is suffering from delusions of power. I love watching people like him (and the Koch’s) flushing millions of dollars down the toilet of political and social regression to the tune of getting nothing in return. I don’t blame them for attempting to make changes that they think they can afford, but these Birchers are unable to read the writing on the walls of history, they are pissing against a tidal wave,and thusly are squandering away their money for memories of the past, a product of disbelief in evolution. This is a type of wealth re-distribution.

    BTW, as Hraf said, good luck with trying to boycott a team in the most popular sport in America, they’ll never even notice………….

  17. I love pissing off the Christian Reich! And apparently so does the NFL. Let’s face it reality and fact are considered a violation of their “rights”. The alleged “war on Christianity” is nothing more than the word NO! When you exercise your rights and tell them NO then they declare war on you, these idiots have it in their small minds that only they have rights.

  18. I remember that a few years ago, Rush Limbaugh tried and failed to become a part owner of this very same team back in 2009. His reputation as a hateful bigot was widely known and precisely the reason why the players–especially the African-American ones–vehemently objected to his bid. He was forced to withdraw his bid in the face of so much opposition. That is one of the reasons I applaud the team. Now, with their refusal to back down from picking Michael Sam to be on their team, they have struck a blow toward acceptance of the right of people to join their team regardless of sexual orientation. As another poster aptly pointed out, the religious right has no apparent objection to football being played on Sundays or to the scant clothing of the cheerleaders, but somehow one gay player on any team is a problem. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  19. From what I’ve seen of these people (locally as well as elsewhere) the mere mention that gay people exist is enough to set them off.

  20. So what are they gonna do when that doesn’t work?

    Oh, I know! They’ll call upon all the “truly Christian” NFL players to boycott the games wherein they’re obligated to play opposite the Rams.

    Sure. Go ahead and keep testing your ‘faith’ against a national pastime with its multi-million dollar salaries. I’ve got the popcorn ready…

  21. Unreal……Once this boycott doesn’t work. Then what?? a Mean on?? Nut jobs. Let him play his game and love who he wants to love and mind your dam business.

  22. Notice this asshole said nothing about the murderers, rapists, wife beaters, adulterers and other cretins who played (or still are playing) in the NFL. I guess this closeted, self loathing, gay dude is okay with those behaviors. he just hates it that someone else gets to love who they want and he can’t.

  23. In quite a literal way Joseph, these Christian thugs are mirroring the actions of the extremist Islamic Jihadists which are convinced everyone ought to live as they do. If one does not, these Jihadists declare war on them and seek to do harm to not only them, but everything around them until they either relent, or are dead and will no longer be a bother with their heresy.

    I want to congratulate the Rams on their decision; they have acquired another fan.

  24. I’ve never been a football fan or a sports fan for that matter, however I now am a fan of the Rams (I’m an Aries) I may even by a jersey with his name.

  25. Because he has two first names most like was not his choice since most children was named by their parents either before or afcer they were born. Also, there are a lot of so call straight men with two first names white and black. When someone is really down on the gay person you have to wonder why, is that person jealous of the attention they are getting and would like some for themselves? Happens all the times. Remember when our congressmen was harping on gays and then some got caught, in bathroom tapping their foot, motel rooms, closet gays are the worst kinds of gays.Let these men live like everyone else not in fear of being killed or stone, but in peace. They know right from wrong and they have to be the one to answer for it in the end. The majority of gays don’t harm children, it is the straight men you need to watch for that.

  26. Burkman has bitten off WAY more than he can chew. He has no idea how huge the NFL is. Also, he has no understanding that the NFL is a meritocracy: if you can do the job they will overlook pretty much anything else.

  27. Who are these people kidding? They only express outrage when a gay man is drafted?

    Where was the boycott against the murderers, thieves and batterers who have been playing in the NFL for years???

    Oh, and don’t forget to send in that check to help us cleanse the NFL of this moral decay called homosexuality. That other stuff (murder, theft, beatings, etc.) didn’t count. Gayness is the “real” cancer on our society.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Religion.

  28. All this fuss for a player who hasn’t even made the team yet. Incredible.

    But please, sir, continue. I’m certain the Rams will have NO trouble unloading those season tickets from the ignorant who will stay away…for a game or two…then sorely regret their decision.

  29. I’ve seen a few people call them the “American Taliban”, which to be honest is just the perfect description.

  30. good luck with trying to boycott a team in the most popular sport in America, they’ll never even notice

    More tickets for the rest of us.

  31. Roger, Anyone with a “position” outside the middle faces challenges from others. Tebow may get flack from those who disagree with his efforts to mix religion with football. I guarantee gay people get flack in a huge way from the right. One difference – the gay folks are born gay. It is not a choice. Living openly gay may be – but not BEING GAY.

    Being a Christian is a choice. Tim Tebow has made it, it’s a free country, so he has every right – and I wish him well. He does not have the right to impose his choice on others, nor to hinder the happiness of others who choose another path. Jesus said to love they neighbor as thyself – he never specified that the neighbor had to be straight.

    I believe the Bible says something about not judging others – supposed to be up to God. I don’t think you can label gay folks as “immoral”. Let he who is without flaws throw the first stone…Not very Christian if you don’t follow the words of the man the religion is named after….

  32. Exactly Brandon, but never expect a Christian or a believer to ever accept reality. A while back I brought this fact to a Teavangelical and he went ballistic. I laughed at his rant and walked away only to hear the sound of a gun being cocked behind my Back..I turned laughed at him again..Coward!

  33. Dont mind you playing football… but I do mind you tounge kissing a man over and over again in front of millions of under aged viewers around the world !

  34. Child please .Stop with the stupid. The only people watching day 3 of the draft is true football fanatics and under age people do not belong in that group. Just stupid

  35. ““The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay,”

    [snort]

    Christ himself allowed himself to be hanged on a cross like a common criminal and didn’t need to engage in such bluster.

  36. As a St Louisan and having gay family members.I could care less who they love what they do in their bedrooms.These idiots and their belief system that everyone should be like them because its the good christian way.F that,I personally feel religion is pretty much a joke.Like most people say their hypocrites,pretty much all of them are going to hell anyway.I really really hope that Michael Sam makes this team,I dont care who he loves I just hope he is as good a s apro as he was in college

  37. Or Congress? The closet community! But MANY TIMES NOT willing to admit it!I don’t believe in republiCAN’Ts, BUT they are STILL here!

  38. Tebow used religion to judge other people. Michael Sam is being honest about who he is. These are two completely different situations that have nothing to do with each other.

  39. Taking all that taking place, this remind me, of something PBO said during the 2008 pres. elec.. About “when people get paranoid, they cling to their Gun & Bible.”

  40. Roger, go look at any old nfl films and you will see guys making the cross across their chest, kissing their fingers and sending it up. Tebow would run around like a total idiot and fall down on one knee, and bow his head, just to be recognized because he was too small to play the position well. He did it for exposure and it turned off a lot of Christians. When have you ever saw Michael Sam fall down and pull out a dildo and kiss it?

  41. A guy who was a client of the DC Madam and who solicited a couple of girls on MySpace for sex has
    no business prattling about morality.

  42. I take it as a slap in the face that teams before him, that really needed the defensive help passed on him. That is waht was messed up, the fact that he was drafted in the 7th round. It shows the bigotry and racism of some of the teams out there. Seems like the NFL has it’s own bunch of Donald Sterlings.

  43. If all those hypocrites boycott the games, that leaves more seats for the rest of us who don’t need a sky daddy that teaches his followers to hate, hate, hate, hate, hate….

  44. As a Christian, a very committed one and a straight one, I am glad that football welcomes gays… I am happy that state by state, marriage equality is being declared a right of a US citizen … Gays are made in the image of God …says so in the Bible … God is love and love is God .. this is what Christianity is supposed to be about .. loving, giving, bring peace and justice … and anyone who claims to be a Christian and says otherwise is infringing on my rights as a Christian US citizen!

    God loves you just as you are Michael Sam! Good luck in your career!

  45. Is anyone else laughing about his jersey comment? I read that Sam’s jersey is selling faster than all the other rookies, except for Johnny Ego’s.

  46. A bigot calling themselves a “Christian” is sort of a stretch. These hateful bigots who self-proclaim themselves “Christian,” based on picking and choosing biblical phrases that have nothing to do with Christianity, and avoiding everything Christ said, probably just need to grow up and get over it.

    http://youtu.be/q_MLi2wAfdM

  47. Louise, you sound like a REAL Christian! When I start to feel like “religion” is a big problem in our society, I have to remember the many, many people out there who actually follow the true teachings of these faiths: love, understanding, charity, and hope. Michael Sam seems like a hard-working young man who makes the most of his natural talents and who has a good head on his shoulders. He and his boyfriend look like they share so much joy. I join you in wishing him well!

  48. Tebow is mocked, and rightly so, for being an over-hyped showboat, who has not taken the lesson of one of the Gospels he claims to abide by. Namely, Matthew.

    And we all know that The Naz had a special contempt for “hypocrites”, condemning them dozens of times, while not mentioning homosexuals even once.

  49. No one mocked Tebow for his beliefs. There are a lot of devout Christians in the NFL. Just look at the end of the game when players get together for a group prayer He was mocked because he couldn’t throw. As usual you people have no idea what you are talking about

  50. It’s funny. I’ve never seen them boycott or protest the team who has adulterers on it. Or divorced men on it. Or wife beaters on it. Maybe I missed that anger and outrage?

  51. in a draft that include names like bridgewater, clowney, etc….. I find that they are already losing when Sam’s Jersey was only second to Johnny (football) Manziel. yep, they have a ton of influence over fans already… oh wait the other thing

  52. The NFL need not be concerned about, nor focused on this player’s “sexual orientation”. They DO need to be focused on the fact that he is a SEVENTH ROUND DRAFT PICK, and unlikely to last more then ONE SEASON! THAT is where the true focus of this story needs to be. Is the NFL SURE that this guy CAN play football?

  53. Your right about judging, we Christians are not to judge those outside the church, if we are doing the same things, that’s hypocriticial. But judging is what God does everyday, and everyone one of us will face judgement. RU ready?

  54. your violating a babies right to live. don’t you believe in evolution? a baby is bigger than than the ooze you say we came from, and yet the baby has to feel pain and die?

  55. as far as i know M Sam hasn’t made a spectacle of himself game after game with gay antics the way tebow did with his religious showboat antics…. doesn’t the bible tell you to be modest in all thing. to not make yourself and your religion an attention grabber? seems to me i remember something along the line of worship quietly and privately….

  56. In some situations. Yes. It is as simple as that. I’m pro-choice, I get pissed that some people use abortion as birth control but that is about .01 percent of the people who get them. If I got pregnant I would get an abortion asap. I have a mental illness: I would need to go off my meds, lose my job, be hallucinating and having psychotic episides. I would very possibly attempt suicide. To save myself that pain I would definitely get an abortion. You can say I’m selfish all you like but you know none of that would be good for a developing baby and my mental illness even while medicated would make me a terrible mother.

  57. Why, it says so in the Bible – right next to where it says shellfish are an abomination, and death to people who shave or eat bacon cheeseburgers…

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