... wait, what? He's a Democrat? And he's black? Well, this is awkward, right after the Barack Obama love-in which just wrapped up in Charlotte. Isn't this the kind of thing we expect from Mitt Romney and his flying monkeys?
Last week, Maryland State Legislator Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote a letter to the owner of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens urging him to take action against player Brendon Ayanbadejo, who had recently appeared in an ad campaign supporting marriage equality for gays. The letter read:
I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Raven Football player. Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens Football Team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.
"Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.," Burns wrote. "I believe Mr. Ayanbadejo should concentrate on football and steer clear of dividing the fan base.
"I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing."Mr. Burns, who is also a Baptist minister, is a prominent Maryland Democrat:
Burns has been involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland, on the impact of cults in institutions of higher education, and on entrepreneurship among African-Americans. He is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and the sponsor of the bill that changed the name of Maryland's major airport to the Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport.Oops. I'm guessing Mr. Burns won't be invited to address the Democrat LGBT Caucus anytime soon.
Burns' letter has prompted a withering response from Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe which has gone viral:
I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):
1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person's right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.Read the rest of Kluwe's letter - it's worth it.