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During the 2012 election cycle, then Vikings punter Chris Kluwe campaigned against the so-called Marriage Amendment to the point that his employers, aka the Vikings talked with him about his activism getting in the way of him doing his job. When that didn't didn't work, the Vikings brought in some punters to try out for Kluwe's job.

Thursday, Chris Kluwe created a controversy that blew up in his face by writing this post. Here's the title of Kluwe's post:

I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot

Here's the headline-grabbing paragraph from Kluwe's article:

If there's one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it's to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level. (According to the Pioneer Press, he is "the only in-house candidate with a chance" at the head-coaching job.) It's inexcusable that someone would use his status as a teacher and a role model to proselytize on behalf of his own doctrine of intolerance, and I hope he never gets another opportunity to pass his example along to anyone else.

For Chris Kluwe to say that someone that disagrees with him is a bigot is disturbing. What's more disturbing, though, was that Mr. Kluwe apparently thinks that saying something that he disagrees with is justification for banning a person from making a living.

It's ironic that the man who is fighting for tolerance wants to destroy a man's life for disagreeing with him. That's the definition of intolerance.

That isn't saying Priefer's comments weren't offensive. If he said them, they're definitely offensive. If everyone who said something offensive was banned from making a living, the unemployment rate would be 30% or more.

Furthermore, saying that Priefer is intolerant because he believes in the Bible is saying that a person with deeply held religious beliefs should be seen, not heard. The Constitution guarantees the right to freely practice the religion of each person's choice. Apparently, Mr. Kluwe thinks the Constitution should be ignored if it's protecting someone he disagrees with.

Situational protection isn't protection. It's shifting sands protection, which, at best, is uncertain protection. It's time Mr. Kluwe took the Constitution seriously. sounds like censorship. Put a little differently, the people preaching tolerance aren't tolerant of people who they don't agree with.

Here's what allegedly led to Mr. Kluwe's outburst:

Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible.

First, why didn't Kluwe immediately speak out about Priefer's alleged statements? If Mr. Kluwe thinks they're worthy of preventing Priefer from ever coaching again, they're certainly worthy of immediate attention. Did Mr. Kluwe stay silent out of cowardice? Did he only step forward now that Priefer is in his most vulnerable position following the firing of Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier?

The Vikings said they're launching an investigation into Coach Priefer's statements. It isn't a stretch to think that the NFL might launch their own investigation. That sounds like implementing a speech code. That's a euphemism for censorship.

If Mr. Kluwe has the right to campaign for same-sex marriage, then Coach Priefer should be given the right to speak out according to his deeply-held religious beliefs.

Finally, Mr. Kluwe didn't mention that he hasn't punted in the NFL, which some say stands for the No-Fun-League, in over a year even though his knee surgery healed almost 9 months ago. Isn't it interesting that nobody hired him as their punter? Perhaps they thought, like the Vikings thought, that he just isn't worth the distractions he'd bring.



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