TIM WILDMON: Sports world bows its knee to the GLBT culture

TIM WILDMON

TIM WILDMON

Straight America is scared to death of offending or potentially offending gay, lesbian and transgender people and their powerful movement. It’s really embarrassing to watch. They say “Jump!” and most Americans say, “How high?” Sometimes they just say, “Ju…” and the straight people start doing jumping jacks as fast as they can to show the world they are not a homophobic, which is the unforgiveable sin in today’s society.

An example of this was the reaction by some in the public to Michael Sam’s mouth to mouth kiss of his lover on ESPN after he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams last weekend. Sam, who earlier this year announced to the world he is homosexual, was a standout defensive player for the Missouri Tigers.

Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, decided to go “in your face” both to themselves (literally) and to those watching the draft on television including millions of young boys no doubt. After first kissing without debris, Sam then decided to put some cake in his mouth and go back after Vito for some more affection.

It was gross. But then I’m an old-school prude who doesn’t believe men should be having sex with other men so that is the reaction you would expect from people like me. I believe that kind of behavior is immoral, unhealthy and unnatural. If people want to live this lifestyle, that is their choice, but this idea of forcing people who disagree with it to applaud or else be shouted down, fined by the government or lose your job has gotten way out of hand.

Polar opposite my views would be the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer crowd, commonly referred to as GLBTQ. These are people who actively engage in those lifestyles and behaviors. They only represent about 3 percent of Americans, but they wield enormous influence on American popular culture. GLBTQ groups basically promote their cause all day, every day in the entertainment industry, in academia, in fashion, in the corporate world and in national politics. And know we can add sports. Disagree with GLBTQ in these areas and your life, as you know it, will be over. Just ask former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich who was forced out of his job when it was found out he had given $1,000 to support Prop 8 in California in 2008, which defined marriage as “one man and one woman.” There was never any accusation that he had mistreated anyone in the workplace, it was just the mere fact that he held the same view that Barack Obama did (at the time) and seven million other Californians who voted to pass the amendment. That was enough to force him out, even though he founded the company.

Hollywood, as I said earlier, is a 24/7 promotion machine for GLBTQ. This year’s Grammy Awards, for example, even took time out in the middle of the show to have Queen Latifah conduct a “wedding” ceremony for gays and lesbians.

Now it is clear the sports world is also bowing the knee to GLBTQ.

Miami Dolphins player Don Jones watched the two men go tongue to tongue on ESPN and tweeted that it was “horrible.” For merely expressing a view that millions of Americans were also thinking, Jones was quickly fined by the NFL, suspended and sent to “educational training” camp. As I say, when a person can be told he must go to “educational camp” or else lose his job, simply because he finds man-to-man mouth kissing on national television objectionable, we now live in a thought-police state.

Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.

  • TWBDB

    I just reviewed the video of this ‘infamous kiss’ online. Two men hugged, shared three closed-mouth kisses, and celebrated a moment together, in a dignified manner not unlike anything we see loving couples sharing everyday: the only difference, two men in an interracial relationship. This young man will now be barraged with intense scrutiny, criticism, and exploitation from the right of the aisle: your article is a prime example. Gay people and those who love us for the human beings we are will come to our defense. Your side, although you are the ones casting stones, will characterize that defense as an attack on Christianity and Traditional Values: nothing new, this is the way you work. Perhaps you aren’t capable of recognizing much of what your organization directs toward gay people as an attack on their humanity ; perhaps you aren’t capable of recognizing their response as a natural defense to that attack ; but you certainly waste no time exploiting every public moment in the gay community for your own gain.

  • 1941641

    You know, as a Human Rights activist and long-time citizen of Tupelo, I’m ashamed of Daily Journal Columnist and “Dark Side” of Tupelo, AFA Homophobic Pseudo-christian Preacher Tim Wildmon’s hate-laced public rhetoric being open to young and old Tupeloans/Mississippians alike. And, today, I include national NFL fans and players in that mix.

    Wildmon and his followers are struck with fear in recent times due to the recent announcement by the Human Rights Campaign of America for a campaign of equality for the GLBT communities in three separate southern states, Mississippi being one of them.

    The subject of Wildmon’s gay bashing Journal Community Column for today is gay, black NFL draftee Michael Sam of Missouri.

    [I’m inclined to believe Wildmon is literally jealous to his core of the attention Sam has been receiving in the media lately. If I were a betting man, I would bet that Tim has kept his new big-screen TV hot watching recent news clips of Sam and his partner kissing. You know what I mean don’t you? HA!

    I’ve been watching my little computer screen lately and in that process I came across the following article: a commentary from Eli Manning, NFL quarterback for the NY Giants, recently responded to Michael Sams draft this way:

    [As to how his Giants teammates would’ve reacted if Sam had been drafted by that team, Manning said, “We have a great locker room, and I think the most important thing … you’ve drafted a football player. That’s all we care about in the locker room.”

    Noting that “what you do outside in your personal life is up to you,” Manning added, “I was excited for ‘Sam’. This is a gentleman who’s been through a lot … I’m wishing Michael all the best in having a successful career.”

    Sam, a first-team All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, became the first openly gay player ever drafted into the NFL when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 249th pick in the seventh round of the 2014 draft on Saturday.

    “It’s OK to be who you are,” Sam told reporters when he was formally introduced by the Rams earlier this week, according to the Associated Press. “It’s OK to be comfortable in your own skin.”

    Amen, Michael! Good Luck in your free-to-be-who-you-are lifestyle.

  • 1941641

    Homophobia in America is on the way out Tim. But, don’t fret, Putin has recently embraced your lifestyle over in Russia. I’m sure he would give the OK (just mention your connection with Mr. Lively of AFA fame) for you to move over there with him. Psst!, Tim, better tread lightly around Putin. He’s rumored to be aggressively Queer!!

    • dalewarren

      Do you approve, champion, celebrate, condone, promote, get all glee filled regarding all homosexual behavior? Would you find any redeeming social value in the policies and practices of the North American Man Boy Love Association? If you oppose NAMBLA objectives, does that make you a homophobe?

      • TWBDB

        I can answer that for you. NAMBLA at it’s peak claimed 1100 members world-wide: yep that’s correct eleven hundred members. I’m gay and I can tell you the gay community as a whole hates NAMBLA and everything they’ve done for which we’re held responsible. They’ve been expelled from even speaking at gay events for over 30 years and frankly don’t give a s— when the radical left tells us this is intolerant. If that makes me a homophobe — then I’m a gay homophobe. The only people who give them the time of day anymore are the Far Right. Any more questions?

        • dalewarren

          It appears that you want to replace long standing traditional marriage with a new system; I’m just trying to gain a sense of what limits your new system of sexual morality would uphold and what reasons you would have for those limits. Your reply above identifies only the small minority status of NAMBLA as a reason for denying them “equality.” Would your new system deny “equal rights” for all minorities of 1100 or less? For example, if the gender requirements of traditional marriage are jettisoned in the name of “equal rights,” would your new system also remove laws against bigamy, polyandry, incestuous marriage? Should the state be required to issue marriage licenses to multiple partner “marriages” (gay or straight)? Should the state be required to issue marriage licenses to biological siblings (gay or straight) who wish to marry? Supposing those wishing to establish “marriages” such as these exceed 1100 persons; would they then merit the right to the imprimatur of the state on their unions? Can “equality” be achieved by denying anyone the “right” to marry for any reason?

          • FrereJocques

            One of the last lines of defense of those still hoping to avoid change: Bring up the worst far-out wacko scenarios you can come up with to show why ANY change at all should be denied.

            The gay people I know have pretty much the same sense of “morality” as you do. Two’s a party and three’s a crowd. No one, straight OR gay, is pushing for bigamy or polygamy. The number of people who might be wanting such a change doesn’t matter, except to demonstrate that there aren’t that many crazy people out there after all.

            Incestuous marriage will continue to be forbidden, as it always has. It has been shown that incestuous mating can produce many negative effects (defects) in their offspring.

            If this is the best defense of your position that you can concoct, then your arguments are trifling and your cause is lost.

          • dalewarren

            You apparently have a personal conviction concerning who is and who is not qualified to marry. You believe some persons should have state sanctioned access to the status of marriage, and some persons should be denied access to the status of marriage. Is it safe to say that we are in agreement that marriage is so important to society that its status should be denied to some? What I’m asking (and what you have not addressed) is; if you remove the gender qualification for marriage, on what basis do you retain the age, number, and specie qualifications for marriage? Why are your arguments in favor of gay marriage (removing the gender restriction for state sanctioned marriage) not equally valid in other marriage restriction removal cases?

          • FrereJocques

            Repeating what others commenting in this thread have said: I am not advocating doing away with “traditional” marriage. I am not suggesting that all the rules be thrown out. What I AM saying is that it is possible for two people of the same gender to love each other, and for them to set up a household, raise a family, and have a life together.

            Your desperation to prevent this is showing more and more. Like others, I ask, why do you care? A gay marriage takes away NOTHING from you or any other “traditional” married couple. Your lack of Christianity on this issue is astounding and obvious. You are either on a power trip, the desire to have control over other peoples’ lives, or you have a hatred for those who are different from you, or maybe both. You need to examine your life and bring it more into line with the life that Jesus had.

          • TWBDB

            Easy and I’ve said it before: ‘legally able to enter into a binding contract’ – this addresses both age and specie qualifications. Next question

          • TWBDB

            Is it possible for you to admit the gay community recognizes the importance and value of marriage to society and simply wish to participate?

          • Winston Smith

            We aren’t talking about people marrying children, or people marrying animals, or people marrying space aliens, we’re talking about consenting adults getting married. Gay people being allowed to marry wouldn’t change your life one iota would it? So why do you care?

          • TWBDB

            Not falling for that crap dude. I don’t think I could have been more clear. NAMBLA was a small fringe organization, overwhelmingly opposed by the gay community on the grounds they were promoting pederasty.

          • TWBDB

            And let’s be very clear about another thing – - I don’t want to ‘replace’ traditional marriage at all. In fact, I’m a very strong advocate for traditional marriage as a bedrock of strength for our society. I’ve not given up on this tradition, as have many, many people. Quite the contrary, I believe in it so much that I’ve now joined that centuries old tradition applying those principles and benefits to my own relationship.

  • TWBDB

    I know there were commentators, news anchors, celebrities, bloggers, etc. who commented in support and in opposition to Tim Tebow just as there are these same groups who do the same, one way or the other, about Michael Sam. I’m trying to find NFL players who got away with mocking and dehumanizing Tebow for his faith ( something I would also oppose ) – - can someone provide that evidence?

    • 1941641

      Try google search window for “Tim Tebow” You may find a lot of repetitive commentary but sometimes you can luck-up and find all you want to know/read. It can be very tiring, time consuming.

      • TWBDB

        Thanks. I did that and just came up with these comparisons about Tebow, Sam, and similarities between Klewe and Tebow, oddly enough. A bunch of sports commentators talking about it – obviously – but hardly anything from a fellow NFL player.

        • 1941641

          Google “Eli Manning for his comment or read my post in its entireity. Keep googling and you will find it. Add “fellow team player criticizing” Tim Tebow to the search wording and it might pop right up.

  • Thile

    I’m sure Wildmon was just as outraged by all the draftees who cried and hugged their moms and loved ones after getting that call from their respective new employers. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO EXPLAN THAT TO MY KIDZ!

  • the_rocket

    “Straight America is scared to death of offending or potentially
    offending gay, lesbian and transgender people and their powerful
    movement”.
    You almost got it right, Tim. What you really meant was:

    “Baptist America is scared to death of the LBTG movement”.
    Know what we call a bunch of religious wacko’s who impose their will on others?
    If they’re overseas, we call them Al Queada.

    If they’re on US soil, we call them baptist.

  • MS2014

    Funny how a guest columnist gets attacked for offering his viewpoint and shame is pointed to the Daily Journal. How ironic that tolerance only applies to your view if you support the gay agenda. If you believe God is the creator of the world we live in His plan is clear. I believe the Bible is the Word of God and am trusting in Jesus for my salvation. You cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible you believe. It is either all true or none of it is true. I choose to believe it is true and am staking my future on it. It is a personal choice and is up to each person to choose. I have respect for all people and expect the same from them. My beliefs mean nothing if I am not willing to stand up for them. The Word of God lays it out pretty clearly in Romans 1:

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
    You see, it is not just about homosexuality. Heterosexual perversion is the same in the eyes of God. Sin is sin and all the same.

    • TWBDB

      MS2014 – I personally believe the Daily Journal would be remiss in not offering Mr Wildmon space in their Opinion section to submit his ‘opinions’, after all this is the hometown of the AFA. I’m certain he not only expects opposition, but welcomes it. After all, we see where this opposition is always characterized as an ‘attack’ : you did the same.

      I don’t object to Christianity: neither do I object to the open expression of faith or the challenge to sin made by people of faith in the due course of their exercising their faith.
      I’m gay: most gay people I know agree with me on this topic.

      Now, let’s speak about tolerance. Gay people have tolerated a lot for a very long time in the form of physical, verbal, and mental abuse not only long accepted as a normal reaction to us in society but celebrated by many. As the general population grew, so did the numbers of gay people. Consequently, a great many people came to realize we share the same dreams and core values as virtually everyone else. We also share the diverse views on religion and politics as everyone else. But there are still a great many other people who continue to characterize us as ‘EVIL’ because of who we love, who we are. In their eyes, my sin is not equal to your sin – - it’s far greater and so much greater that I deserve to die, I deserve to live in shame, I deserve to be marginalized and they will and go so far as garner enough support to put laws on the books to persecute me.

      So forgive me if I object to Mr Wildmon’s opinions. Forgive me if I defend myself and others like me.

      • 1941641

        Please keep in mind that there are those of us who were here in Tupelo calling it Home before Tim Wildmon’s Homophobic Father came to town and established the “Dark Side” of Tupelo, MS. A lot of Tupelo people worked hard so Tupelo could be ranked an “All American City” and that was a long time ago. Now, it’s the home of the “Bigoted American Family Association”! People all over America use that description when referencing Tupelo. The only consolation today is the fact that times are changing toward a more tolerant American society and Tupelo will eventually shed the “Dark Side” part of its label.

    • LeftinMS

      Everyone picks and chooses their Bible verses and interpretations. Otherwise there would only be one Church; not 41,000 different denominations.

      I’m not surprised that Tim mocks those that are different than him by referring to them as “queer”. As Paul said, “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Tim and AFA are a bunch of loud cymbals.

      There were few things that upset Jesus more than the self-righteous religious leaders of his time.

    • FrereJocques

      What’s even funnier is the typical Christian reaction to gay people after they started standing up for themselves. How does it feel to be on the receiving end of persecution? Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?

      Actually, gay people are not persecuting Christians, as much as the Christians would have you believe. Gay people want nothing more of so-called Christianity than to be accepted for who they are, or to be simply left alone. Gay people are not out to prevent you from loving and marrying whomever you choose, or working at the job of your choice, or living in a dwelling of your choice, or adopting children, or any of the other myriad things that Christians do but have gone to great lengths to deny gay people.

      You like Bible verses so well, hear the words of Jesus Himself: “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the
      extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least
      of them, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:40, New American Standard Bible. In context, Jesus was talking about those who had done good to others, but this CUTS BOTH WAYS. It also applies to BAD deeds.

  • tom Neiman

    The Bad News

    Romans 1:18-32

    New International Version (NIV)

    God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

    21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

    24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    The Good News

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (New International Version)

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11

    New International Version (NIV)

    9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    Footnotes:

    1 Corinthians 6:9 The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.

    • FrereJocques

      OK, you can quit quoting Bible verses at us, Tom. We’ve all read the “Clobber Texts” that have been used to beat gay people over the head with. You interpret the Bible your way and I’ll interpret the Bible MY way. You can believe what you want about what the Bible says, and I’ll encourage you to follow your own beliefs. Just quit using YOUR interpretation to judge others who read it differently, and more to the point, quit trying to FORCE your beliefs on the rest of us.

    • 1941641

      In my opinion the “Bad News” is your take on the the mythical scriptures of the Man-Written Holy Christian Bible.–Tom’s “Bad News”

      “Apes Created Man, Man Created God and God’s Word!”

      All those words you wasted, Tom. and I only used 9 to debunk your comment.

  • 1941641

    Tim Wildmon and his pseudo-christian friends bow to the Hate Culture of the worlds Fundies! Sports marches forward nevertheless!