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Dungy a victim of liberal witch hunt

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Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 07:21 AM

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In many ways, the “sports” departments and the sports “reporting” of the major networks, a number of mainstream newspapers, a few major websites, and of course, some “sports” magazines have become nothing more than politically correct propaganda centers that enable — and often enforce — the doctrine of the far left.

From global warming to gay rights, some sports sites and reporters will come down on you like a ton of bricks should you dare to take a position opposite the approved theology of the left.

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and NBC football analyst Tony Dungy is the latest person to feel the wrath of liberals and the liberal sports world.

Why? Because he exercised his First Amendment rights and gave his honest opinion to this newspaper regarding whether he would have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam. Dungy said, “I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

There you have it. One of the most decent and empathetic people on the planet giving a heartfelt answer and yet, soon thereafter, a fire hose of vilification was let loose upon him.

Leaving out the hate speech that flooded the Internet, one liberal sports reporter said Dungy’s thinking was “devoid of courage in every possible way.” He then went on to ignorantly state: “Dungy is an outspoken conservative Christian and if he were to say that he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam because the Bible that Dungy believes in condemns Sam’s lifestyle that would be … well, that would be ridiculous, hypocritical and wrong also, but at least it would seemingly jibe with Dungy’s sometimes expressed beliefs.”

Wow. This liberal reporter has spoken. Based upon your faith, should you believe the homosexual lifestyle to be wrong, or if you happen to believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, you, your beliefs and your faith are “ridiculous, hypocritical and wrong.”

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As for me, I am a “conservative Christian” who happens to believe we are all God’s children. No better. No worse. My only criterion being are you a good person and are you playing by the rules?

As a knuckle-dragging “conservative Christian,” a few years ago I wrote a column defending transgender Chaz Bono against an ignorant and bigoted attack launched by a doctor associated with the Fox News site. Mr. Bono’s offense, according to this doctor? He appeared on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and would have a negative influence on children.

Again. Wow.

On almost any side of any controversial issue, you can find strong opinion and sadly, haters and bigots. But if you are liberal and spew venom against conservative or Christian thought, you need not worry about repercussions. Most especially, you don’t have to worry about losing your job.

Not so when the situation is reversed.

The liberal thought police now dominate the media, entertainment, education and sports, and for the zealots among them, no punishment is too severe for those who question their one-world order. Censorship, blacklisting and termination of one’s employment are several tactics they employ.

Because much of the media is now controlled by “progressives,” it’s not shocking to learn they hire many in their business based upon diversity of gender, color and sexual orientation. The diversity generally stops when it comes to ideology.

Because of that reality, it’s not surprising to see that Dungy issued a “clarification” of his remarks regarding Michael Sam. As he works for NBC Sports and as NBC is one of the most liberal and politically correct news organizations in the country, it would not be a stretch to think he might be fearful of losing his job.

In fact, in an age when the highly successful CEO of Mozilla is forced to resign simply for writing a $1,000 check years ago in support of traditional marriage, Dungy’s caution is easy to understand.

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are under attack in our country from the far left, and a number of sports reporters and sports sites have joined the witch hunt.

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