Michael Sam Being Tebowed Out of NFL, Spurred in Part By ESPN Hype

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Michael Sam Being Tebowed Out of NFL, Helped in Part By ESPN Hype (Photo Credit: Twitter)

UPDATE: Michael Sam gets lifeline, to join Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

(OPINION) — I am tired of people putting labels on everything like Michael Sam as the first openly gay player in the NFL and ESPN reporter Josina Anderson focusing on his shower habits. I care more about what Michael Sam could bring to the field and not about his sexual orientation or his shower habits. Sorry, I don’t care whether he sleeps with a man or a woman. That’s his prerogative.

Tim Tebow’s NFL career was derailed because he wasn’t quiet about his Christian faith and now Michael Sam’s NFL aspirations are disappearing before his eyes. So, whose fault is it? ESPN went all out to show him kissing his boyfriend Vito Cammisano shortly after he got the call that the Rams had drafted him. Second, they didn’t stop there. They went all out with the Josina Anderson interview about his shower habits during training camp, that he waited until the other players shower before he does. Um, did we really need to know all this? ESPN was later forced to apologize for the hit-job on Sam. It’s all a distraction and one big media hype that Michael Sam gave a helping hand.

Some people say he’s a mediocre football player at best, which they said was evident from his being the 249th draft pick. They blamed that on a mediocre showing at the Combine. Some talent evaluators believe he’s too small to play regularly on the defensive line and not athletic enough to play in space as a linebacker, the Huffington Post reports. Still, the St. Louis Rams coach said he did well during his brief stint with the team. Others say he’s being ignored by other teams because of his sexual orientation and that he shouldn’t have come out of the closet. Well, that could be true, but shouldn’t he be free to be himself? Jesse Owens didn’t say, um, well, let me run in whiteface because the world isn’t ready for a black man to break down the color barrier in track and field.

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood blamed Sam’s fate on ESPN, after 31 other teams passed over him on waivers on Sunday. In response to a question from Ross Tucker about Sam’s lack of practice squad offers, Wood said it was ESPN’s fault, adding, “no-one wants the distraction.” It’s very surprising to me that no other team picked him up for their practice squad. Michael Sam deserves a chance to play, but I am afraid that Eric Wood might be right, no-one wants the distraction and for that he’s paying the price. Sounds to me like Michael Sam is literally being Tebowed out of the NFL before he even got a chance to play in a game. Well, as if it couldn’t get any bleaker for Michael Sam, he didn’t even make the Rams 10-man practice squad. His NFL ambitions are getting dimmer and dimmer.

Bryan Fischer: Anti-Gay Activists Need to “Reclaim the Word Discrimination”

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Bryan Fischer: Anti-Gay Activists Need to “Reclaim the Word Discrimination”

Evangelical wingnut Bryan Fischer says anti-gay activists need to “reclaim the word discrimination.” Adding, “I suppose, like they need to reclaim rainbows. In other words, the American Family Association’s director believes discrimination is a good thing:

 Discrimination, when it comes to sexual behavior is not bad, it is good, and it is necessary. The alternative is utter social chaos. So [it’s] time, ladies and gentlemen, to reclaim the discrimination word when it comes to sexual matters. It’s not bad; it’s good. It’s a virtue and it’s necessary.

He also adds:

Discrimination is not a bad word. The left has turned discrimination into a bad word.

Never mind the fact that the America has a dark past of slavery and racial discrimination, of which the latter is still occurring, albeit with less frequency. I would venture to say, the word Bryan Fischer needs to reclaim is shame.

‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is set to speak at the Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday. Um, so much for that more inclusive GOP that RNC chief Reince Priebus talked about.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to speak at the conference as well, but don’t bet on him being insulted to be on the same stage with Robertson.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he said in the interview. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

 Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

Lynne Brown Appointed South Africa’s First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

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Lynne Brown Appointed South Africa’s First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister (Photo Credit: Times/Esa Alexander)

South African President Jacob Zuma appoints Lynne Brown as theh public enterprises minister, making her the country’s first openly gay cabinet minister. This is big considering there’s widespread homophobia in Africa, as a whole.

Brown, 52, who is coloured (of mixed race ancestry), was born in Cape Town and was premier of Western Cape until the African National Congress (ANC) lost control of the province to the opposition Democratic Alliance in 2009.

According to a 2008 profile of her by the South African Press Association, she began her career as a teacher and gained a certificate in gender planning methodology at University College London. “I can’t bear working in an environment where things don’t get done,” she was quoted as saying. “I’m not a flamboyant type of person, I get things done.”

Her personal interests were said to be playing golf, reading and “an admiration of arts and culture”.

She is not seen as a gay rights activist but her ascent to a cabinet post was described on Monday as a significant moment. Eusebius McKaiser, a broadcaster and political author, who is gay, said: “It is, sadly, probably newsworthy, I guess, insofar as the social impact of openly gay people in high-profile public leadership positions cannot be discounted in a country like South Africa where levels of homophobia, including violence against black lesbian women, remain rife.

“The symbolism matters also from an African perspective too given other countries around us are enacting and enforcing laws criminalising same-sex sex and lifestyles.” Source: Guardian

 Lynne Brown Appointed South Africas First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

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Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

I am convinced that some Republicans just can’t help themselves when it comes to women-bashing and to their detriment. Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is quoted by Kathie Obradovich, a political columnist at The Des Moines Register saying that “men like to hunt and fish together, women like to use the bathroom together.” Huckabee reportedly made the comments at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser in Waukee.

He claimed he’s “not homophobic but one-man/one-woman marriage is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

 Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, May Be Gay

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Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, Maybe Gay

Scott Lively, a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, thinks President Obama might be gay because he supports same-sex marriage. The ‘wisdom’ of the right wing evangelicals is nothing short of amazing. By the way, this wingnut is a pastor.

Lively told UK’s Channel 4 News, “I think Mr. Obama may well be a homosexual himself.””He’s certainly a radical homosexualist — meaning a person, whether they are homosexual or not, meaning a person who is 100 percent invested in the homosexual agenda.”

Scott Lively also claims President Obama was trying to “legitimize sexual perversion” and destroy religious values.

“He is lending the weight of his office to a movement that’s goal is to overturn the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic and replace it with the gay ethic of sexual anarchy. That’s what he’s doing,” Lively added.

 Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, May Be Gay

Mike Ocquaye Warns Africa’s Family System Under Satanic Attack from Gays

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Mike Ocquaye Warns Africa’s Family System Under Satanic Attack from Gays (Credit: Radioxyzonline)

Mike Ocquaye, Ghana’s former deputy speaker of Parliament, warns that the traditional family system in Africa is under threat from gay promoters from the West.

Ocquaye spoke at an antigay forum in Accra saying, “Indeed the family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it.”

He said, “we consider this an abomination. We don’t want a mustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother.” He added, “Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants.”

Mike Ocquaye, who is also a clergyman, said, “We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the Western world must respect our values.”

He charged that the family system in the Western world is vanishing because it has been engulfed by homosexuality.

[H/T Ghana Web]

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson: Gays Going to Hell Because Bible Says So

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson: Gays Going to Hell Because Bible Says So

Here we go again, another member of the “Duck Dynasty” clan is condemning the gay community. Willie Robertson said gays are going to hell. Um, why? Because the Bible says so.

Willie Robertson was defended his dad, Phil Robertson’s anti-LGBT comments in a recent interview on CNN. He agreed that gays and lesbians were sinners who won’t go to heaven because the Bible says so.

You will recall the elder Robertson told GQ magazine, that “a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.”He also said, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Willie Robertson did not repudiate his father’s controversial comments, but dug in. He accused GQ magazine of having an agenda. He said, “Phil just said what he thought, you know, what was on his heart.” He added, “I believe what the Bible says.” He compared the LGBT community to drunks and thieves.

Harlem’s ATLAH Church Blasts President for Releasing ‘Homo Demons’

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Harlem’s ATLAH Church Blasts President for Releasing ‘Homo Demons’

The ATLAH World Missionary Church, located in Harlem, posted a sign attacking President Obama for releasing “the homo demons.” The church also warned female black members to be concerned because a “white homo may take your man.” Really people? All in the name of religion.

ATLAH World Missionary Church is led by a black right wing evangelical wingnut James David Manning, who has been critical of President Obama on many occasions for advocating for the rights of the LGBT community.

Manning told the New York Daily, “It’s an attempt to save the black family.””There’s a major problem in the black family with the absence of black fathers, black husbands.”

It is just appalling for anyone to even post such a vile message, let alone a pastor. His job is to bring people into the church, not promote hate. ATLAH World Missionary Church is located at 123rd Street and Lenox Avenue in Manhattan.

[Photo via ATLAHWorldwide Facebook]

Gov. Jan Brewer’s Anti-Gay Bill Veto Sends Strong Message to GOP Religious Extremists

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AZ Gov. Jan Brewer’s Anti-Gay Bill Veto Sends Strong Message to GOP Religious Extremists

Could Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of the controversial anti-gay “Religious Freedom” bill, known as SB 1062, signify a turning point in the right wing evangelicals lunatics holding the Republican Party hostage? The religious liberty scams being pulled by people like Mike Huckabee and Rep. Michele Bachmann, is literally creating a huge problem for the Republican Party. The GOP is literally at war with itself. Well, the tide may be turning with Gov. Brewer’s veto.

Any political advantage the Republican Party hoped to gain by positioning itself as tireless warriors for the religiously devout is imploding. The efforts to apply the same religious freedom argument to anti-gay measures in states such as Arizona, Georgia and Mississippi, are being met with strong resistance. This is eerily reminiscent of the Civil Rights era, when blacks and many whites fought for racial justice and equality. Yes, against some religious scam artists. The fact is, SB 1062, and other similar bills, not only gained resistance from liberals, but from business leaders, Republican celebrities and GOP political officials. We are all collectively giving the religious right extremists a dose of their own medicine — the middle finger.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer decided to buck the trend, despite the rallying cries from conservative windbag Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Michele Bachmann and many others, who felt that discriminating against the gay community was the right thing to do, for their own self-righteous sake. Gov. Brewer decided with whom she would stand and vetoed Arizona’s right-to-discriminate bill. She is now one of powerful group of conservatives who understand that religious freedom can’t be used as a tool for exemption from every law or issue conservatives don’t like. The threat to religious freedom can’t be imagined. It has to be verifiable. Gov. Brewer effectively admitted as such during her speech.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper had proven during an interview with GOP state senator Al Melvin, a supporter of SB 1062, that the freak-out from the religious right over discrimination because of their religious beliefs was imagined and not factual.  Melvin could not provide one example of what needs to be protected.

The ‘Stand Your Religion‘ law is akin to the ‘Stand Your Ground‘ law that allows people in Florida and in other states where it’s a law, to shoot dead anyone who ‘threatens’ them. No matter if the threat is imagined. Michael Dunn shot an unarmed black teen, Jordan Davis, over an altercation about ‘loud music.’ He could have very easily moved his vehicle if the music was such a bother. No, the gun gave him a sense of invincibility. So, he decided to start an argument with the teen, ending in a fatality. Curtis Reeves fatally shot Chad Oulson in Florida, after the two argued about the latter texting at a movie theater. The threat to retired police officer Reeves was a bag of popcorn.

Brewer said, “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona.” “To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.” In other words, Gov. Brewer recognizes bullsh*t when she sees it. Namely SB 1062.

Brewer’s veto sends a strong message to the other states toying around with similar legislation. It’s not going to pass the smell test, much less be signed into law. There are far too many influential players on the sidelines in this dogfight. This uprising engineered by the right wing evangelicals is losing steam.

Of course, National Review editor Rich Lowry, is one of many Republicans who disagree with Brewer’s veto. He called it “foolish.”

A religious freedom statute doesn’t give anyone carte blanche to do whatever he wants in the name of religion. It simply allows him to make his case in court that a law or a lawsuit substantially burdens his religion and that there is no compelling governmental interest to justify the burden.

I have to ask Rich Lowry, should blacks have simply walked away from lunch counters where they weren’t welcomed to find other establishments? Or should they have found another means of getting to and from work after being told to sit at the back of the bus?  The fact is, Gov. Brewer just sent the message that those days are over when the right wing thought it could push its agenda while hiding behind the claim of religious freedom.

In closing, let me address the Stand Your Ground law because there are some shades of Jim Crow laws evident. Jordan Davis is our new Emmett Till. Florida Gov. Rick Scott should make the same argument about his state’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. He said he would have vetoed the Arizona bill. How many more people, particularly young men, need to be killed in Florida before he takes a stand and ends this law?