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They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster- @ChrisWarcraft
Skeeve
It seems that a Maryland state delegate, Emmett C. Burns, doesn't like teh gay or vocal supporters of gay marriage. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke in favor of a Maryland initiative that would legalize gay marriage. Mr. Burns was aghast! Shocked!

So he wrote a letter to Ravens owner, Steve Bisciotti, asking him to shut his player up:

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The Minnesota Vikings' Chris Kluwe sent his own letter. To Emmett C. Burns. It was pretty awesome:

Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):

1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person's right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

2. "Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement." Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who's "deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland"? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you're going to say that political views have "no place in a sport"? I can't even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for "beautiful oppressionism").

3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you'll start thinking about penis? "Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!" Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.)

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our populationórights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I'm fairly certain you might need it.

Sincerely,
Chris Kluwe

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.

"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
seeker
Which is more of a disgrace; the fact that an elected official would write this letter in the post above or the fact that he was elected?
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
 
Skeeve
It leaves no doubt that Burns bases his decision making on his religion and not the Constitution.
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
Theory_Execution
Buy that man a beer (or suitable non-alcoholic beverage if that if his preference)!

What does "c.c. Media" mean?
 
Skeeve
It means the attention whore also would like a copy of his letter sent to the media.

cc is left over from paper correspondence, it stands for carbon copy. Meaning a complete copy should be sent to everyone listed in the cc field. bcc (blind carbon copy) is the same, except it hides the names/addresses of those sent the message/letter.

When sending an email to multiple accounts, it's best to use bcc to protect everyone's anonymity, instead of showing everyone on your mailing list to others. This is where much of our spam comes from. Your own mailing list(s).
Edited by Skeeve on 09/08/2012 19:42
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
Photon
That was a truly breathtaking smashdown. Kudos to Kluwe for composing it, I'm always a fan of using logic and hilarity to show the vacuousness of an uninformed opinion. Probably most shocking to me is that the NFL, that bastion of "Praise Jesus for helping me score that touchdown", has vocal critical thinkers who can string more than a few words together, and understand the poetry of the biting expletive.
 
Photon
Although, being a punter, he's probably sustained less head trauma than his co-workers.
 
Cynic
"narcissistic fromunda stain". Heh! Smile
 
Theory_Execution
I know where the cc comes from, but Media, does the guy have a group on his email system that includes the contact details of any media/news group he has dealt with?

As the reply points out, this guy is trying to silence another American Citizen, he should lose his job for that alone, devoid of any of the content of the letter.
 
Skeeve
Especially considering he's using his official office stationary. This is the type of letter he should have made as a private citizen, if at all.
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
Supernaut
I am a lustful cockmonster. :sadyes:
 
Skeeve
lol, hiya Super!
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
Supernaut
Hey Skeeve!!!!
 
Theory_Execution
Did the guy ever respond to this, is he still in office?
 
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