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

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.


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  • 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?

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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