The announcement that the Dallas Cowboys had signed defensive end Michael Sam onto their practice squad meant it was party time for everyone hoping to see the first "out" player in the NFL get his shot -- and protest time for wing-nut Christians.
According to the Huffington Post "Jack Burkman, a conservative lobbyist, says "thousands" of right-wing Christians will protest Sunday in Arlington, Texas, where the Cowboys will play their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers"... because everybody knows Jesus said "therefore I give you a new commandment: Keep Gay People Out of Football."
Seriously people. Get a grip. And then get out your Bibles.
If you're going to go all Leviticus don't forget Leviticus 11:8 which prohibits touching pig skin. So if you want to make America safe for "Bible Believing Christians" then you better get busy and shut down the NFL altogether.
And if you want to picket someone, go picket Red Lobster - where they're absolutely off the charts with violations of the Leviticus 11:10 prohibition against shellfish. Or Dress Barn where the racks are full of polyester blends -- in flagrant violation of the Leviticus 19:19 ban on mixed fabrics.
Because here's the deal: If you're going to ignore the section of Leviticus that bans tattoos, pork, shellfish, round haircuts, polyester and football, you do not get to quote Leviticus 18:22 ("You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination") as "irrefutable law." You just don't.
As for what Jesus actually said? It was "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." [John 13:34] And when he said "love your neighbors as yourself" there was no asterisk that said *"unless your neighbor is gay and a helluva defensive end." Seriously. I've checked.
So how about this for a deal. What if the Christians focused on loving their neighbors and let the Cowboys - including Michael Sam - focus on playing football. Seriously!