Not totally unexpected, but the reaction to this award-winning column that I wrote stating the NFL was not ready for Michael Sam did not go over very well across the board.
I have been accused of being an atheist, a promoter of "the gay lifestyle", among other things. No accusations of being a Communist.
Here is a sampling of some of the emails I have received ...
"Who is afraid of what? Are promoters and recruiters of homosexuality afraid of dissent? Apparently so. One guy says something against the immoral lifestyle of Michael Sam and he gets suspended. Are you kidding? The most intolerant people I've ever heard of are the gay mafia. They make the Taliban jealous. And you're playing their card. Unbelievable...
"Make no mistake about it you are promoting the gay life style. If it were not for the fact Sam’s being gay you would not be wasting ink on him. You are promoting the idea we should all accept gays. Spin it how ever you like, it is what it is."
"Just wanted to write you a quick note because usually your articles are interesting and intelligent, in my opinion... But not this one... Homosexuality is condemned by ALL of the religions of the world, and rightly so. Sadly in today's world, in our pagan USA especially, it's pushed in our faces by people who are intellectually confused. No one is born homosexual any more that anyone is born kleptomaniac. Or alcoholic. It's okay to condemn and shun behavior like that. I think you should stop using your job as a journalistic bully pulpit.....
"You don't change peoples' minds by what you write on these subjects. You're simply giving in to a kind of arrogance that's been the plague of journalism for a long time.
"I think you should stick to writing about what you know."
"What you are seeing is how most of the men I know feel about these people. And that includes many young men. They and I are disgusted by them and what they do to each other. No amount of laws is going to change that. I am tired of hearing about and reading about them! I would bet that if you could get the true feelings, without repercussions most of the NFL players feel the same way."
"To your credit I understand you have to take a position against God and his word to keep your job. If you came out and let it be known that your're against homosexuals, killing babies, same sex marriages, you'd never work in this town again or anywhere else as a matter of fact. [those three acts incidentally are an abomination to God. He hasn't changed, people have]"
"Enjoyed your piece today - I'll never understand why there has to be such a double standard between Gays & Races. There is supposed to be a single standard for all. Why was it necessary to show a big black guy kissing a little white guy on national TV - what we do in private is private, however, in public it's role- modeling. I don't recall TV showing Ahmad Dixon kissing anyone. And how did the media get to it being unforgiveable to call someone black when it's OK to call a white person any number of derogative terms ? Where has equality gone ?"
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