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04/02/2009

He wants Colts to only be with Mares -- yet Team Obama still recruits him?

by Jeremy Hooper

DungyA few years back, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy decided to become a vocal opponent of marriage equality, pushing his home state to adopt a marriage amendment. And of course he did so from a purely religious perspective, even though what gays are seeking is CIVIL equality:

(click to play audio clip)

Then for his "courageous" work in positioning gay couples as in opposition to the lord, he was then exalted by groups like Focus on the Family, who even went so far as to throw a banquet in Dungy's honor.

So where is the ex-coach now? Well he's earning White House honors, natch:

Dungy publicist Todd Starowitz confirmed Tuesday that President Barack Obama had invited the former coach to join the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He said Dungy had not decided whether to accept.
Dungy invited by Obama to join White House faith-based council [AP via SI]
(H/t: Outsports)

Faith-based partnerships? Well at least they know where his skill set lies (and we do mean lies!).

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Your thoughts

While I don't appreciate his comments on homosexuality (which, I'm sure, are not the worst any of us have heard), the man is involved in some very good service work.

Also, this article doesn't mention that Obama appointed openly gay Fred Davie to the counsel. I like that he's done that in many of his appointments, respecting the diverse range of opinions that are out there, even if some of them aren't aligned with mine.

You have to admit - When it comes down to it, churches and church people make invaluable contributions to public service. Representation from a wider number of faiths would be ideal, but it's good to see that Obama is at least getting two ends of the spectrum into the mix.

Posted by: Harrison | Apr 2, 2009 12:45:37 PM

Yea, we've mentioned Fred's appointment before, Harrison.

But the thing is: Certain ideas hold a premium. The conversation about whether or not gay couples are acceptable is not a two-side battle in which both positions deserve equal footing. And every inclusive voice does not deserve to be matched by its anti-gay counterpart.

We are not playing a zero sum game. Or at least we shouldn't be.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 2, 2009 1:08:37 PM

I'm just saying, the man has made some truly awesome contributions to service projects, and I respect him for that. Despite what Dungy has to say about gays, I respect Obama for appointing him. Discrimination is exactly what we're working against.

Posted by: Harrison | Apr 2, 2009 1:27:13 PM

Anyone who states an opinion on public policy and who can back up that opinion only with "My imaginary friend says so" should be ignored.

TRiG.

Posted by: Timothy (TRiG) | Apr 2, 2009 2:00:45 PM

"Discrimination is exactly what we're working against."

Nobody has a fundamental right to receive a presidential invite.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 2, 2009 2:00:45 PM

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