Right Wing Extremists Are Boycotting The NFL Because Michael Sam Was Drafted

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Morality is defined as the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are “good” (or right) and those that are “bad” (or wrong). Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, culture, or it can derive from a standard that an arrogant person believes should be what they say it should be. Throughout history morality was defined and enforced by tyrannical religious leaders, and although most of the world except Pakistan, Iran, and Talban-controlled Afghanistan put a stop to religious extremists defining and enforcing their version of morality, America is still in the grips of Christian fundamentalists’ attempting to define and legislate morality.

One extremist in the Christian movement has set his sights on the sporting world because as a fine upstanding evangelical Christian K-Street lobbyist, Jack Burkman said “if the NFL doesn’t have any morals, and people like (Commissioner) Roger Goodell just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff…I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them.” The GOP lobbyist is Jack Burkman, who two months ago was pushing hard for Congressional legislation to ban openly gay athletes from the National Football League after news that Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam announced he was gay. At the time Burkman said “conservatives really hate imposing policy on private business,” but that all went out the window because of the “reason of great urgency and necessity of forcing the NFL’s moral standing.”

Now that Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams because of his football skills and not because he is gay, they will have to look forward to dealing with Burkman who intends to include as part of his campaign to pass legislation banning gay football players from playing in the NFL, “unleashing a relentless boycott against the team that drafted him.” Burkman warned NFL teams he has “a coalition of extremist Christian leaders from across the nation” ready to unleash Hell on the Rams to teach the entire NFL a Christ-like lesson that when Christians are not allowed to enforce their definition of morality on the public “there will be a terrible financial price to pay.”

Burkman claimed he is already 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.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. 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.” First, the last thing on the NFL’s, or any particular team’s, agenda is trampling the Christian community or their values, and evangelicals likely never entered their collective minds. NFL teams are only concerned with winning, and if they believed fielding an entire team of openly gay players would carry them to victory in the Super Bowl, Michael Sam would not be the only “openly” gay player in the league.

It is another persecuted Christian extremist claiming they and their perverse Christian values are being trampled asunder because they cannot force their ungodly biblical morality on the population in general, and the NFL in particular. It is unclear exactly who gave Christian extremists the idea they own the right to impose their moral will on the entire nation, or from under what authority they dare threaten any American or a multi-billion dollar industry like the National Football League with “a terrible financial price to pay,” or attempt to pass legislation banning openly gay players from the league,

It is noteworthy that Burkman,the morally superior follower of Christ and lobbyist who worked for James Dobson’s Family Research Council, espouses conservative Christian family values, and enlists Christians in Congress to define morality for the NFL is also the MySpace cretin who propositioned girls and offered them money if they would  come to the Mayflower Hotel and have sex with him. He was also exposed as being on the notorious DC Madam’s phone list; two pieces of information he conveniently omitted from his evangelical Christian threats about the great urgency and necessity of forcing the NFL’s moral standing to comply with his “coalition of evangelical Christian leaders across the nation” to monitor and regulate the sexual orientation of NFL draftees or veteran players. It is not as if a gay football player is going to romp naked with their lover up and down the gridiron, any more than heterosexual players and their wives or girlfriends, but for evangelicals it has nothing to do with an athlete’s on-field performance and everything to do with their private lives.

When one first heard about Burkman’s intent to enlist Christian Republicans in Congress to ban openly gay players in the NFL it was just another sign that evangelicals are deluded with their own sense of self-importance and god delusion. However, the warning that “if the NFL doesn’t have any morals, it is time for Christians to step in and define morality for them” or the threat to “unleash a relentless coalition of extremist Christian leaders from across the nation to exact a terrible financial price” it was no longer a question of just who do these malcontents think they are, because who they think they are is god-on-Earth and a dangerous group of religious extremists no different than the Taliban.

One hopes Michael Sam has a long and successful career in the NFL and not because he was courageous in coming out as openly gay, but because he achieved a long sought-after personal goal and appears to be a genuinely good human being as well as a great defensive end. As for Burkman and his ilk, one hopes they choke on their evangelical hatred that this country is witnessing on a daily basis and driving more and more Americans away from the Christian religion. A religion that is about as close to Christ’s teaching of love and acceptance as Burkman’s evangelical morality to seek out girls on MySpace to have sex with him for money.

68 Replies to “Right Wing Extremists Are Boycotting The NFL Because Michael Sam Was Drafted”

  1. Oh so NOW they think the NFL is immoral, because a man who is not hurting anyone is drafted? What about all the murderers, rapists, wife beaters, adulterers, etc that have played in the NFL? Are these delusional godbotherers okay with that crap?

  2. The religious right’s idea of “freedom” is freedom to deny others who think differently from them the freedom to express their own beliefs. What needs to happen to them is for the rest of us to find a way to marginalize them to the point where they become a source of meaningless noise. They are self-deluding, self-absorbed, and self-righteous morons who have made inroads into politics and caused numerous problems as a result. The last thing we need is for them to insert themselves into sports, because it’s obvious that the talent that people like Michael Sam offer matters less to them than if he passes some ridiculous litmus test of piety for them.

  3. They love them some rapist/murderer/adulterers. They can TOTALLY relate to that and not have to worry about being shamed by their peers.

  4. It is always interested to watch a bigot try to use the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth to promote hate and division . This dinosaur of bigotry should go back to his closet and pray for forgiveness from his GOD for promoting hatred with his position .
    The rest of us will simply ignore and laugh at him…. He should be shunned from society and live back under that rock he crawled out from.

  5. Do it. See what a shitload of good your boycott will actually do, fools.

    Gotta love these Christian “coalitions” and their exaggerated, delusionary notions of their own power and importance.

  6. Your personal religious beliefs do NOT give you the right to tell others how to LIVE —– when you demand to do that your just being a hypocrite

  7. I can understand that they’re people who don’t like the gay lifestyle but why don’t morality kick in with the way republicans treat the poor and working class. In other words how can the party of the Christian Right be the some as the filthy rich like the Koch bros.

  8. Right! Right Wing Extremists are going to boycott football. And do what? watch Nascar during the winter? Please, these mental pygmies have very little that interests them and football is at the top of their list.

  9. I’m going to see Gindy51’s remark and raise him/her one dogfighting scumbag whom the NFL welcomed back with open arms. Where are these “Christian” groups when NFLers are abusing their wives and girlfriends, cheating on their wives and girlfriends, getting caught drunk driving, getting involved in a murder case, etc.? There are numerous felons for them to be outraged about, as opposed to a law-abiding young man whose only outrage is that he loves another man.

  10. Good.

    Less shirtless beer-gutted Neanderthals at the games.

    They won’t bring their toothless cigarette-smelling fish-monger wives either.


    I think the crowd’s I.Q. will go up a collective 10 points.

  11. I do not share the Christian perspective about Michael Sam. I do however disagree with his CHOICE to lay with another man as one would lay with a woman. Let me make that clear, HIS CHOICE, to lay with man. I am G-d fearing and believe in the word G-d has provided, the original scripture only, to live our lives by. I will cancel my subscription for The NFL Sunday Ticket and will no longer purchase NFL products unless the organization takes a stand. I urge and look forward to NFL fans and players to voice their opinions of disapproval, and to bring this debate to the front and center.

    The Book of Vayikra (Leviticus):
    Chapter 18

    22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination.

  12. Well thank goodness we have the constitution that the fundies all say god wrote that says we are equal.

    At least according to his writings, we know your god loves gays the same as he loves non gays. Not so much his followers

  13. Just like with the Sterling situation in the NBA, money talks. However this one is different by far. There are not enough extremists out there to move the needle even an inch over Michael Sam. There was plenty of opposition with Sterling and the clippers due to the players union and corporate sponsorships. If anything, having the Rams draft Michael Sam probably will drive up sponsors. Shoot the week that the Brooklyn Nets signed Jason Collins to the first 10-day contract, his jersey became the number 1 selling jersey for that week even though the Nets did not put the jersey up on their site until they had a rash of special order jerseys with Collins’ name and #98 on them. That has never happened with a fringe player before. Given Sam’s credentials with the SEC…. it will be fine and eventually the extremist “christians” will be forced to shut up.

  14. Oh, I think the NFL will win this cultural battle without lifting a pinky.

    Agree with all the other posters in questioning where was/is the Religious Right’s demand for morality when NFL players commit felonies, such as murder, spousal abuse, etc. I’ll take it one step farther: Where is the Religious Right’s demand for morality when one of their own violates the “family values” code by committing adultery, spousal abuse, child abuse, etc.? Oh it’s only there when “teh Gay” and “abortion” are involved. Yeah, real upstanding, moral citizens, aren’t they? NOT.

  15. Well stay your ass out of Red Lobster and you better hope you don’t cut your hair and mix fabrics.
    Leviticus 19:27 reads “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

    Leviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.”

    Leviticus 11:10 reads, “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.”

    You see how stupid you sound

  16. Your proposed actions tend to indicate that you do agree with the “Christian” Religious Right’s perspective on Michael Sam.

    You know it is all fine and well for you to follow ancient writings that you quote from and follow as a guide in living your life, however, it is not fine and well to demand that everyone else do as you do. In essence, this is what you are demanding by instigating a boycott “unless the organization takes a stand,” i.e. that they do things in the manner you define as appropriate. Like you live your life as you see fit, and to spend your money as you so desire and on what you wish, so do others have the right to live as they see fit. Neither Sam nor the St. Louis Rams are doing anything illegal, nor are they enforcing their beliefs upon you or anyone else. They are not hurting anyone. If you don’t want to spend your money on the NFL for what ever reason, that is your choice. Don’t put that on Sam or the Rams.

  17. My belief is, we are talking about different things. Abuse against humans from other humans are punishable by laws, or in the case of players, policies. When a player is disiplined for rape, drug usage, etc., that is his punishment. However, we are talking about the morals established by G-d, Michael has to answer to his choices, but those who choose not to support his decision to lay with another man and have an opinion based solely on his “CHOICE”, should have that right as well. Michael won’t be punished for being gay, but I understand a Dolphin player was because he did not approve of what Michael did on national television. Jones now has to complete sensitivity training, not sure how this is considered equal treatment. Lets not confuse crimes versus morals.

  18. Thank you Anne, To use a statement, “what difference does it make?” Michael is a talented football player, and free to explore an opportunity to work in his field. Michael is not hurting anyone, he does not carry the baggage of mis-behaving, that so many others have, he is not Michael Vick. The outcry is disgusting, with the mentality of less than any child’s.

  19. Lets get one thing straight, you have no morals. You have bigotry but no morals lets not confuse the two

  20. As he would be punished for calling you a red head. Or using the N word aimed at you.

    Its as equal as it can get

    You have the right to remain silent and live your life while others live theirs. Your beliefs do not trump anyone elses. But you are free to dump football. We know you wont

  21. So what? Extremists are no fun anyway and it’s not like there are so many of these nutbags it will make a difference. So really, does anyone care they are boycotting? I don’t. LOL

  22. I expect no less from the gay community, I would be surprised if you didn’t debate your side of things. By definition, aren’t you actually displaying bigotry? I simply don’t agree with Michaels choice, you seem to be upset for some reason.

  23. The GOP’s religious wing is in some way doing humanity a favor, their anti Christ, anti science, anti civility rants are turning rational thinking people away from organized religion, which in turn will guarantee the right wing religious core will keep shrinking and shrinking!! I ‘ll be totally honest with everyone here, I’ve considered myself a fairly spiritual person for the last 34 yrs! but if I were NEW to religion and witnessed how republicans dole out their religious beliefs, I HIGHLY doubt wanting to be a christian would be something I’d seek!! NOT AT ALL.

  24. Just like the Teabagger truck drivers where going to shut down Washington a few months back. There was supposed to be a million of them and only less then 300 showed up.

  25. This is not the gay community. I fact I have no idea if anyone here is gay or not.

    No. Bigotry is not here simply because it doesnt matter if you are gay or straight to us. What matters is how you fight against one or the other. Tha majority of Americans think its ok for gay marriage. If you dont thats fine.

  26. The gay community? I don’t know what that is because I belong to the human community. You should try it sometime and its funny that you call yourself a Christian but you are quoting a Jewish book. But then again what the hell do I know since I think its all a bunch of bullshit written by goat herders who thought the earth was flat and comets were signs of the gods

  27. Ah following Leviticus to the letter, eh? Would you like to kick everyone out of the NFL who makes the choice to eat lobster and shrimp as well or is your reading of Leviticus only literal when it justifies the prejudices you already hold?

  28. All I have to say is that any boycott based upon hatred is doomed to failure before it even gets started. The NFL has nothing to fear concerning this “terrible financial price” that Burkman thinks he will exact.

  29. In professional sports money talks and talks a lot louder then Mr. Burkman. With the wait for any foot ball tickets being what it is ,if he keeps a few hundred wack job wing nuts away more tickets for me. :)

  30. How dare you! We Christians are not upset over NFL hiring a gay man its the trampling of our first amendment!but since our opinions offend you so know this let your player exchange spit all day its your world but tell NFL sponsers they will be our missing dollars! #espn #nfl #donjohnson

  31. No one is taking away your First Amendment rights, for heaven’s sake, settle down.

    Are you not expressing yourself? Has anyone come to arrest you for your barely coherent comment?

    No, they have not.

    So get a grip.

    Oh, and you might want to remember something: Judge not, Teresa, lest ye be judged.

    Good day.

  32. @humbleamerican, I’ve read your post and I see exactly what your doing! STOP! it’s extremely embarrassing! if you’re a christian you know full well using Old Testament law is stand on thin ice!! The Old Testament law was abolished for New Testament scripture, use your head!! you know incest and multiple wives were accepted in the Old Testament too! RIGHT?!! STOP being ignorant PLEASE! even secular posters here are exposing your ignorance!

  33. Is this a parody or joke? It’s hysterical. If Jack Burkman seriously thinks he can hurt the NFL, he is either delusional or vastly overrates his influence and that of the rapidly vanishing Christian right.

  34. Well, his tactics are working with me. By that I mean I am a lifelong Dolphins fan, with old Jerseys of Marino, Strock and a few others. I will now switch my allegiance and become A Jeff Fisher fan, whom I like when he was with Tn. And become and avid Rams fan. And when they come out, I will purchase at least two Sam jersey’s for me and my wife, and possibly my grandkids. Beer cozies and towels, along with other merchandise from the Rams, not some Wal-Mart ripoff. They will hang with my Mercury Morris pics, as I always thought he might be gay.

  35. Dear Politicus, @humbleamerican didn’t just stumble to a liberal site by accident, they knew full well that his or she’s post were going to be challenged! I’m NOT the most polite poster by a long shoot lol but I’m NOT going to fall in his juvenile little trap! @humbleamerican wants to be ridiculed, insulted! See he’s playing the wounded victim!! it’s just like the Jehovah’s Witness, THEY LOVE it when people slam the door in their face or they get told off!! that treatment helps them obtain “BROWNIE POINTS” because the verbal abuse they received en- enforces their faith!! I didn’t toast @humbleamerican because I won’t give him the satisfaction.

  36. Actually I’m not a Christian, my belief is based on studies of Torah. By no means am I being arrogant, I simply do not agree, based on my beliefs, that a man lay with another man. I don’t know if you have a belief in G-d or not, but the NT did not abolish the Torah. That is another debate, I simply will not support an organization that says it’s ok for a man to lay with another man. I’m not judging Michael, I simply do not agree with his choice.

  37. And thats fine

    The organization hired him to play football, not be gay. So basically the organization has nothing to do with anything.

  38. Mr. Burkman is a hypocrite. Your God does not approve of people being gay, but Does your God approve of offerring girls money for sex? Before you start preaching your beliefs to the nation you better get your own house in order. Nothing you say or do will hurt the NFL. Can’t wait for the season to start and I do not think I am alone!

  39. So he should be put to death? (Leviticus 20:13). The Torah considers a homosexual act between two men to be an abhorrent thing (to’evah), punishable by death—a strong prohibition.

  40. I have a reason to boycott the Rams, and it has nothing to do with the fact that Sam is gay. It’s because I’m a born and bred diehard Seahawk fan that would love nothing more then seeing the Lambs (and the Deadbirds and the Forty Whiners) stink up the joint. :P

    The reality is that what St. Louis did is good for all. No matter if he was gay, straight, bi, or even a freaking hermaphrodite. He can play football, and in the NFL, football skills are more important then your sexual orientation.

  41. That’s the best news I’ve heard all day! As a season ticket holder who likes to tailgate my NFL experience just got better! There’s always some idiot tea bagger ready to stick his wingnut views right in the middle of an otherwise good time so if they stay away that’s terrific!

  42. The Book of Matthew, 7:1-5 NAB

    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned;Forgive and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you.”

    So shut up and live your life and leave others alone…When you point your finger, you have THREE pointing back at YOU!

  43. Speaking as someone who lives like a half hour from the DC beltway, there were only like a dozen semis. When word got out about how pathetic the turn out was, a bunch of yahoos showed up in pick up trucks to try to pretend this was really a thing.

    It was raining heavily that day, and the traffic was only doing like 40 mph anyway. They blocked the road for like thirty seconds, until a cop pulled them over and said to knock it off. After that, they rode in right hand lane at like 10 mph slower than the average speed on the road – which was about the right speed for that lane.

    So they added like a total of 30 vehicles to a road that sees about 200k vehicles a day, and drove really slow on a road that is known for being…well…really slow.

    In short, they couldn’t have come up with a more pathetic showing if they tried. Most of the drivers on the beltway didn’t even notice them.

  44. The first amendment says that Congress shall make no laws restricting your speech nor make any laws restricting your right to practice your religion.

    Would you please be so kind as to point out where CONGRESS is doing anything to prevent you from practicing your religion or speaking freely?

    Note: Your ability to practice your religion does not give you the right to impose your beliefs on others – they have freedom to believe what they want too.

  45. Actually, it’s been proven that homosexuality is genetic. They have, indeed, found a “gay gene”.

    So no, it’s no more of a “choice” than being a red head is.

  46. As the mother of a gay son, it does my soul good to see all of the support Michael is getting from the public at large. I’ve often wondered how my boy feels when he hears the awful things people say about the gay community. Hell, it breaks my heart to think of some of the things he’s probably had said to him. So please America, keep up the good work.

  47. Great post!

    Finally, someone else (besides myself) makes a correct statement about homosexuality. I also add, “this is nature.”

    I fear that the folks who slam gays, won’t admit this fact because it’s easier for them to criticize (it makes them feel “superior”) than to face the truth. And they use the Bible to “prove” their point and to “support” their prejudice and judgement.

    Thanks for telling the truth!

  48. To take one small, misguided group and lump the entire RW into it is prejudiced. I do not consider myself RW but I did leave the Democratic Party after 40 years because of the pure intolerance I was witnessing. To be truthful, I, nor any of my Christian friends, have an issue with the NFL having drafted a Gay player. I do have an issue with the NFL’s environment of bad behavior by a lot of it’s players, such as domestic violence. Christ never said I should hate, ban or be unkind to anyone. The majority of Christians I know feel the same way. As in ANY group, there are “bad apples” and the “tolerant Left” should accept this and not be so judgmental on the whole. To be honest, I have not read a positive article, blog or comment from a Liberal in months. I will stay Independent and Moderate…but I feel the Left shoving me further Right more and more.

  49. try to enter the 21st century, humble american. It has been proven that being gay is NOT a choice. No-one would choose it. Would YOU choose to be ostracized, detested, spat upon, had laws passed against you, have your children taken away, not be allowed to marry the person you love? If you insist on being ignorant (and obviously you do) there is nothing that staying on this post’s site can do for you. You apparently just like irritating people. In other words, you are a closeted gay Republican and probably you are even running for office. Hatred of others and of yourself is a terrible way to live. See a psychiatrist. He may be able to help you deal with your hatred. Once you learn to love yourself you will learn to love others. May your god be with you.

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