GOP Lobbyist Writes Law Banning Gays From NFL

Jack Burkman, GOP lobbyist, wants congress to define values for NFL.

GOP Lobbyist Jack Burkman says that Congress should define values and morals for the NFL, since gay football players means they have none of their own.

A GOP lobbyist is drafting legislation that would ban gay football players from the NFL. Jack Burkman began putting his bill together after Michael Sam, a defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, came out as gay. Jack Burkman’s problem with gay football players? Allowing them to play openly means the country is sliding into immorality.

He actually went so far as to say the following:

“I felt that if the NFL doesn’t have any morals, and people like [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, who are just go-along-get-along guys, just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff. I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them.” [SOURCE]

Jack Burkman thinks it’s Congress’ job to define morals for a private organization like the NFL.

And there it is. Although Jack Burkman supposedly thinks that Congress should not meddle in the affairs of private business generally, when it comes to issues of morality (or rather, his ideas of morality), then Congress should absolutely intervene. When the NFL is so immoral that it allows openly gay football players to stick around, then all of society is obviously doomed.

Jack Burkman is also homophobic.

Jack Burkman also invoked the myth that gay men are a threat in the locker room:

“Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?” [SOURCE]

One has to wonder why it’s such a horrifying prospect. Jack Burkman clearly buys into the myth that gay men are not only promiscuous, but will subvert the sanctity of the locker room to convert straight men to his agenda.

Gay athletes are not the problem. Rampant homophobia in the locker room is the problem.

There’s just one problem. Most (if not all) in the LGBTQ community will say, “If I’m not attracted to you before you know I’m gay, what makes you think I’ll suddenly be attracted to you after you know?” Most gay men, indeed, most in the LGBTQ community as a whole, will not push themselves on people they know don’t want it. Just like any decent straight person, although Jack Burkman clearly doesn’t know that.

The real problem with the mystical professional locker room is likely to be other players’ treatment of Sam. Sam is not the one who’s the threat there. A report sent to the NFL about the treatment Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin received in the locker room details the sheer scope of harassment and bullying that can exist in that environment. The bullying includes racism, sexism, homophobia, and was not limited to Martin in the Miami Dolphins locker room. The bullies also harassed an assistant coach and another football player.

The report makes clear that they don’t expect everyone in a locker room to be on their absolute best behavior, and that good-natured teasing, along with other behavior that might be considered inappropriate to polite company, can even help to boost team morale. But in the Martin case, that’s not what happened. If there’s any problem in the locker room with Michael Sam, or other gay football players, it’s not that they’ll come on to everyone. It’ll be everyone’s irrational fear of that happening.

So homophobia, plus strong government interference, is perfectly okay for religious “conservatives” like Jack Burkman.

The myth that a gay man in a locker room will violate the sanctity of the locker room is just that; a myth. But besides Jack Burkman’s obvious homophobia, he also made it clear that the goal of the religious right is not less government. They only want less government in the areas that benefit them. The religious right has no problem with government intrusion on business, and on people’s private lives, when the issue at hand is their definition of morality. Otherwise, Jack Burkman would never say that Congress needs to define morals and values for the NFL.

Here’s the video with Jack Burkman on ABC News.