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  • Lake view: I don’t care if you’re gay

  • Recently, a former Missouri Tigers football player grabbed the headlines. Michael Sam is a helluva defensive end. The 24 year old was named co-defensive player of the year in the SEC after registering 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.
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  • Recently, a former Missouri Tigers football player grabbed the headlines.  Michael Sam is a helluva defensive end. The 24 year old was named co-defensive player of the year in the SEC after registering 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. 
    These achievements are not what has garnered him national attention however — that came from his public announcement that he is gay. 
    Sam's announcement is being given a large amount of media attention, as he is being billed as "the first openly gay man that will play in the NFL." 
    The LGBT community, naturally, is lauding him as a "hero," and a "positive role model for gay youth." 
    Personally, I think it's slightly pathetic, and a little sad.  I know some reading this have now labeled me a "hater" and/or a "homophobe."  This is not the case, and if you'll bear with me I will explain why. 
    I'm 42 years old, a married father of three, and in my lifetime have traveled to 42 of our 50 states in the continental U.S.  I have seen a lot of things in my lifetime, being fortunate to have a job as an industrial pipe-coverer that allowed me to travel the country earning my living, working on refineries, nuclear plants, and military facilities. 
    I am not an un-educated redneck, though I do consider myself somewhat of a hillbilly.  In my lifetime I have seen gay rights come a long way, and I believe they should.  Happiness, and true love especially, can be rare in this cold, cruel world, and if a man or woman needs a member of the same sex to find that happiness, then I think they should not be persecuted for doing so. 
    I am a Christian and feel such behavior is sinful, but as a sinner myself, and a mere mortal, I feel it is not my place to judge such actions', that is the job of the Almighty.  What I do object to however, is the way the LGBT community is conducting itself in it's quest for "equality." 
    Mr. Sam, choosing to publicly, "come-out" as it were, reinforces my belief that the LGBT community, as a whole, is not wanting equal rights, but rather, special recognition. 
    Seriously, I don't care one little bit if the guy throwing the ball is gay or not, that's not the reason people watch the game of football.  He could dress up in war-paint and dance naked like Matthew McConaughey, while playing bongo drums and howling at the moon in his own backyard while having sex, I don’t care! 
    Seriously? 
    Is this at all newsworthy? 
    Page 2 of 2 - It's a sexual preference, that's all.  It is really no more relevant to the game of football than what any other of the players do in the privacy of their own bedrooms, yet in our societies recent fascination with the abnormal sexual habits of these people, it somehow deserves to be "topic of the day" for many news outlets, even if they're not a sports station or program. 
    I am forced to wonder if Mr. Sam came out to truly advance the issue of gay rights, or if it was done to bring more attention to himself for the upcoming NFL draft. 
    Those of us who not only played the game, but excelled at it ourselves, as I did back in the day, are comfortable letting our personal stats speak for themselves.  Most players are comfortable with who they are, as football is the type of sport that builds a man's self-confidence. 
     You don't need to "bash me over the head" with your personal sexual desires, yet sometimes it seems like that is exactly what the LGBT community is trying to do.  Forcing your lifestyle choice to be in the spotlight in this aggressive manner, will not bring folks closer to accepting you, quite the opposite, it will polarize them against you. 
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