The intersection of ideology and politics with sports has been one of the worst developments for sports fans in recent years.
It used to be that sports were the ultimate meritocracy. Nothing else counted aside from the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
The only conservatism or liberalism that used to matter in sports was how conservative your defense was or how liberally you were letting you star player play shoot.
Sadly, that is simply not the case in 2018 anymore. And as an ardent sports fan, it’s utterly infuriating.
The flashpoint for this epidemic seems to be former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began protesting during the national anthem in 2016. The move justifiably infuriated many conservatives, as well as any American with the decency to support the military, police and flag.
But the fury over Kaepernick’s anthem protests make sense. Showing anything but respect to the national anthem is an inflammatory act.
Somewhere along the way, however, a funny thing happened. It seems as if leftists saw the outrage over Kaepernick’s actions and decided that gave them carte blanche to get on their soapboxes while whining about every perceived slight under the sun.
The latest example of this maddening leftist outrage comes from a sports writer for SB Nation’s LGTBQ-focused sister site, Outsports.
In a blog post angrily titled, “Chick-fil-A’s participation in sports is still a big ‘F-you’ to LGBTQ people,” author Cyd Zeigler went off on the popular fast food chain. (You can find it here, but be advised, the page’s other content is heavy on gay themes that might be disconcerting,)
Specifically, Zeigler was losing his mind over the fact that the Peach Bowl was sponsored by Chick-fil-A. Yes, apparently the mere sight of “Chick-fil-A” preceding the Peach Bowl is enough to trigger some people.
Zeigler’s entire issue with Chick-fil-A seems to stem wholly from the fact that the restaurant donates and supports strong Christian organizations, which Zeigler believes “invalidates our relationships and brings untold mental harm to gay, lesbian, bi and queer athletes.”
One issue that Zeigler specifically has is Chick-fil-A’s relationship with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which includes NFL players like Case Keenum.
“Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an anti-gay organization,” Zeigler states. OK. How?
Zeigler points to FCA’s “Statement of Faith” as his evidence for the organization’s apparently hateful motives.
“We believe God’s design for sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman,” FCA’s eighth point reads.
Zeigler quotes that point as a sign that the FCA “makes it very clear that gay people are to remain celibate, they are not allowed to marry, and they are not welcome.”
“Again, FCA tells gay people they are not worthy, their self-expression in sex is not OK, their relationships are not valid… and they should stay far away,” Zeigler adds.
You see, Zeigler’s outrage could be described as selective, with his convenient omission of FCA’s ninth point in its “Statement of Faith.”
“We believe that God created all human beings in His image. Therefore, we believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; that we must honor the physical and spiritual needs of all people; following Christ’s example, we believe that every person should be treated with love, dignity and respect,” the final point reads (emphasis added).
Love. Dignity. Respect for all people. Do any of those words scream “hatred” to you?
Yeah, me neither.
So, apparently, Chick-fil-A is a terrible scourge on sports because of its working relationship with the FCA, a group that openly states that all people should be treated with love?
Leftist logic at its utter finest.
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