So, now it's come to this in our present world? During the last run-up to the Super Bowl we saw story after story about Tony Dungy and Lovey Smith, the coaches of the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, respectively, and how they were both strong Christian men. I remember reading where Tony Dungy is loved by fans and his team. Now, of course, he has become a demon for some for daring to suggest that marriage should be a union only between a man and a woman. A fairly straight-forward account of this matter can be found in the Houston Chronicle:
Tony Dungy is a deeply religious man who puts his faith first in his life, even above family and football. So his support of a proposed gay-marriage ban likely surprised few.
What was surprising is the Indianapolis Colts' quiet coach shared his position publicly, sparking discussion about the impact of the Super Bowl winner's comments.
Dungy caused a stir Tuesday when he accepted the "Friend of Family" award from the conservative Indiana Family Institute.
The coach told the audience he supported the group's efforts to amend the Indiana constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
"I appreciate the stance they're taking, and I embrace that stance," Dungy told the crowd of about 700 people.
Dungy said his comments should not be considered gay bashing.
"We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family — family values the Lord's way," Dungy said.
Now, I understand that there is a great struggle in this country over this issue. For some, this a simply matter of morality. For others, it is a struggle for civil rights. But Coach Dungy, like anyone else, should be permitted to support one side of the issue over the other without fear of retaliation from the NFL league office. Yet, the talk of Sports Radio is that Dungy ought to be fined by the league for taking a stand against homosexuality. Why? He did not say something like Tim Hardaway who mouthed hatred for gays. Rather, Dungy merely stated his support for traditional marriage.
Have we gotten to the point in this country where it is illegal, or at least considered punishible, if one supports traditional family values?