Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Minnesota lost a lot yesterday.....

It's a sad day when you become afraid of stating your opinions for fear of repercussions. I just read that Chris Kluwe, punter for the MN Vikings, was cut yesterday. Of course, he didn't have the most stellar of years, but, the biggest factor, at least I believe, is the fact that he was so outspoken for Gay rights. Is the fact that he is an athlete for a professional team a reason for him to sit on the sidelines and pretend not to be passionate about certain causes? These athletes are expected to do charitable things, but only if the charities are fan approved? Since the country is so divided on Gay rights, does that mean he shouldn't say anything? He used his fame to bring attention to a cause that he believes in, why should that make him a pariah? Sadly this just reminds me that I am one to talk. There are many causes I believe in, but since they are the causes that divide so many people, they are hard to talk about. I get nervous giving my opinion, for fear of being lashed out at. You can't seem to have an intelligent conversation with someone with a differing of opinion, for fear of being ousted somehow. Even when posting on Facebook people unfriend you left and right if you start questioning things, and don't stay with the other sheep. It's pathetic and sad that we expect professional athletes to do good, but only for the causes we like, that they should share the same opinions as ourselves, and when they don't, they need to go away. People will overlook the athlete that goes to jail for hurting animals, the athlete that is suspected of murder, the athlete that has been busted for drugs, the athlete that faces domestic abuse charges, but somehow they can't accept an athlete that speaks out for the rights of other people, what does that say about us? Minnesota lost a very good man yesterday, one that was articulate, intelligent and passionate. Minnesota just lost a little bit of shine, and made many people wonder if we really are that shallow......

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