As if the back and forth on the NFL’s position on kneeling during the National Anthem wasn’t confusing enough, Roger Goodell to it to the next level this week.
Last year President Trump made it very clear he was unhappy with the players kneeling during the Anthem, he again this year has called out the NFL for not banning kneel, which Goodell did do a the beginning of the preseason. However, the NFL commissioner quickly folded on the rule.
This week Goodell quietly attended a meeting in New Orleans, he did talk on camera before the meeting or after. But when he got back to his office, he made an announcement that has people scratching their head.
Even as the NFL seems interested in putting an end to player protests during the national anthem, it is clear from
Goodell’s participation in New Orleans that as an organization, the NFL is fully supporting the players and their social justice issues, according to USA Today.
Goodell joined Saints linebacker Demario Davis, tight end Benjamin Watson, as well as Saints owner Gayle Benson and Saints president Dennis Lauscha, to talk to people involved in the criminal justice system in the Crescent City. The biggest topic was the cash bail system that detractors say puts people at risk of losing jobs, homes, and their children.
The NFL chief attended without an entourage and made no public statements before or after the day’s discussions. However, he was seen earnestly listening to speakers, asking crucial questions about how the league could help highlight their issues, and taking copious notes.
Norris Henderson, founder of Voice of the Experienced, Praised Goodell’s participation.
“But to hear the commissioner taking this in,” Henderson said, “and trying to get educated and … understanding the roles these individuals are taking inside their different communities and the importance of it, for him to see all this stuff up close and personal and hear all the challenges people face daily is huge.”
Saints linebacker Demario Davis also praised Goodell’s attendance saying that his participation was an important show of support.
“Not everybody understands why we’re out on the front lines of this,” Davis said to the commissioner.
“Having you here in this environment with us,” Davis continued, “nobody is better than you to go and relay the information to the owners about why we can’t just pull away from this. We can’t.”
The paper went on to explain the issue with cash bail systems such as the one in Louisiana:
[Goodell] seemed to be particularly interested in the far-reaching impact cash bail has – if someone can’t pay their bail, they will likely lose their job, maybe their kids, despite not even being adjudicated yet – and the lack of resources for women who have been incarcerated. He shook his head and winced while hearing four men tell their stories of being wrongly convicted and serving two decades or more before being released.
Indeed, with player advocates in the lead, material changes in state criminal justice systems have already happened in states such as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Louisiana is one of the next targets for the NFL Players Coalition.
With Goodell’s participation, it appears that the $89 million the league promised to spend on social justice issues will not be a simple payoff to players to get them to stop protesting during the national anthem. Goodell’s attendance on Tuesday seems to signal that the league will do far more than just throw money at the players’ issues.
I personally think that doing something about a social issue is far more valuable than disrespecting your country and the men and women that lost the lives to give you the right to kneel during the National Anthem.
Hopefully, now that the NFL is spending all of this money the kneeling will stop, but I don’t think it will.
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LGBTQ Activists LIVID That Trump Served Chick-Fil-A To College Football Champs
There’s nothing that ticks off the left like Chick-fil-A. And President Trump is a master troller who used that to full advantage this last week. Universities may be fine with banning Chick-fil-A but at the White House, they are at the top of the menu. And that is triggering some LGBTQ activists.
Trump served another feast of fast food to college football champions last week. This time it wasn’t McDonald’s and Wendy’s… it was the feared Chick-fil-A that sparked outrage and anger.
— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) March 4, 2019
“For the second time this year, Donald Trump has invited an athletic team to the White House and boasted about serving them fast food,” wrote Tracy Gilchrist at The Advocate. “But this time, chicken sandwiches from the virulently anti-LGBTQ company Chick-fil-A were arranged on silver platters for champions on the North Dakota State Bison football team Monday.”
The horror of it all! The sky is falling!!
President Trump said the athletes requested Chick-fil-A so that is what they got. “We could’ve had chefs, we could have, but we had fast food — because I know you people,” Trump told the athletes. “Chick-fil-A, they say? Chick-fil-A.”
From The Daily Wire:
“Bill Browning of LGBTQ Nation denounced Chick-fil-A’s presence at the White House with the same fervor as Gilchrist.
“For the second time in his presidency, Donald Trump has served fast food to an athletic team to ‘celebrate’ their victory,” wrote Browning. “This time, the President who has attacked the LGBTQ community the most served up Chick-fil-A, a company known for opposing LGBTQ rights.”
“The left-wing hatred for Chick-fil-A began in 2012 when company president and COO Dan Cathy expressed support for traditional marriage, prompting boycotts across the country from LGBTQ activists.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Cathy said at the time. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said on the Biblical Recorder. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
“Just last year, two major publications wrote scathing articles begging people to boycott the business: The New Yorker and Huffington Post. “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A,” wrote Noah Michelson of HuffPo. When Chick-fil-A wanted to set up shop in New York City, Dan Piepenring of The New Yorker called it a “creepy infiltration” of the city.
“Later in 2018, the Pittsburgh city council signed a letter asking Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to drop the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon one-mile run for children and their families at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Fortunately, the organizers did not cave.
“We have and will continue to be accepting of any individual or family who wants to participate in our events,” the organizers said in a statement. “This partnership with Chick-fil-A will help us ensure even more children in southwestern Pennsylvania can learn and share in our love of running.”
“Most recently, a Dean at Rider University resigned from his post when the school banned the chicken restaurant on campus.”
This is beyond dumb. Because Christians own a chicken restaurant the left just can’t take it. But they embrace those of the Muslim faith. Memo to the left… they stone gays to death or worse. The owner’s religion should make no difference when you decide to eat somewhere and if it does… that’s your thing, not mine.
Darn it… now I’ve got to go eat me some yummy Chick-fil-A. I guess I’ll just suffer through it and make mine a double.
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British Olympian Says Transgenders Should Be Barred From Competing Against Biological Women
Sharron Davies, 56, is a British Olympian. She has said that transgenders should be barred from competing against biological women and for that, accusations of hate have been thrown at her. This woman won a silver medal in swimming at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. She’s also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. But that doesn’t matter… now she’s being labeled as ‘transphobic’.
Davies isn’t shying away from the controversy. She took to Twitter to tell people how she really feels about all this and how transgender athletes make sports unfair for women. I could not agree more. It makes it pointless to compete as a woman when men who are transgendering are in the mix. They still have superior biology that gives them an unfair advantage against women.
“I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender,” Davies wrote on March 1st. “However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”
After the massive blowback Davies received, she defended her stance by stating that she is not the only natural-born female athlete who feels that transgenders are essentially cheating natural women out of titles.
“It is not a transphobic thing – I really want to say we have no issue with people who are transgender,” Davies told the BBC on Saturday.
”Every single woman athlete I’ve spoken to, and I have spoken to many, all of my friends in international sports, understand and feels the same way as me,” Davies elaborated. “Unfortunately, a lot of people who are in the races [now] are in a very difficult predicament when they can’t speak out.”
I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender. However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) March 1, 2019
Davies also pointed out that it is incumbent upon athletes past and present to speak up for women’s rights. ”
“It maybe falls to the people who were competing [in the past] who would understand the predicament that is being faced at the moment to try to create a debate, and try to explain how we feel there needs to be a fair and level playing field.”
Martina Navratilova is a legend in tennis. She’s also gay and a big defender of LGBTQ rights. She was attacked by transgender activists for her stance that transgender athletes were “cheating” by competing against natural-born women. Which they are.
“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” Navratilova said last December. “There must be some standards and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
18-time tennis Grand Slam tennis singles champion Navratilova also called transgender athletes competing against women “insane.” It’s hard to argue with her opinion on this. The whole subject is insane. Unfortunately, she felt it necessary to apologize for what she truly thinks here.
From The Daily Mail:
“She was called out by Canadian academic and cycling champion Dr Rachel McKinnon, who is the first transgender woman to win a female world cycling title.
“McKinnon, 35, still has her male anatomy, but has lived as a woman since she was 29.
“She accused Navratilova of transphobia and demanded an apology.
“Following an article on the subject that Navratilova wrote for The Times Athlete Ally, an LGBTQ athlete advocacy group, removed her from their advisory board, stating her comments ‘are transphobic [and] based on a false understanding of science and data.’
“Writing on her website, the 62-year-old admitted she ‘stumbled into a hornet’s nest’ when giving her opinion on the issue.
“‘I know that my use of the word ‘cheat’ caused particular offence among the transgender community. I’m sorry for that because I certainly was not suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats,’ she wrote.
“She said her comments related ‘to a notional case in which someone cynically changes gender’ to gain an advantage.
“The Czech-born former star said there is no ‘blanket rule’ that will appeal to everyone, adding: ‘After all, if everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist.'”
Which is exactly the point I have been making.
“The communists tried to shut me up 45 years ago and look how that worked out…” Navratilova wrote towards the end of her blog post. It was a possible reference to the fact that she was stripped of her Czechoslovakian citizenship in 1975 after defecting to the U.S. It’s the same ideology here except the communists are transgender. Navratilova didn’t back down then, she should not back down now and neither should Davies.
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