Just when you think left-wing advocacy groups can’t make themselves look any dumber they go and show you just how dumb they can be. On March 20 Tony Dungy, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts with receive the “Friend of the Family” award from the Indiana Family Institute. Apparently this group is a very active critic of same-sex marriage. By agreeing to speak at the event Dungy has upset many gay rights groups in not just Indiana but the entire country.
I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to.
Tony Dungy is receiving this award because of what the institute calls his “pro-family” activities. Since this same organization is against gay marriage, however, Dungy’s pro-family lifestyle has earned him the ire of gay rights groups. MSNBC.com quotes Kathy Sarris, the president of one of these groups. Sarris told the website “I am a little disappointed in that I would think he would want to stay out of the political arena, and the Family Institute is a political organization.”
The Indianapolis Colts were bombarded with calls wondering why their head coach would speak at such an event. The team responded with a statement, saying “Coach Dungy’s feelings on the importance of marriage and family are well known. He, of course, is free to speak to any group he wishes. The club does not take positions in political issues in which it is not directly involved. The Colts do not endorse any political or religious position taken by any group that any Colts employee decides to speak or lend his or her name to.”
Tony Dungy is a man dedicated to his family. I am very intrigued if Ms. Sarris is aware of the tragedy that befell Dungy and his family two years ago. Three days before Christmas Dungy’s 18-year old son was found dead in his apartment. The death was ruled a suicide.
Tony Dungy has remained throughout his entire career a man dedicated to some very noteworthy organizations. Dungy overwhelmingly supports groups such as The Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and numerous organizations that support foster parents. I’m not sure Tony Dungy deserves an award as much as he deserves his own statue.
All groups such as the Indiana Equality Education Fund, the group which Ms. Sarris is the president of, accomplish through statements such as these is embarrassing themselves. They also make people such as myself who are left-wing and support gay rights look foolish. Until Tony Dungy makes a public comment in which he denounces same-sex marriage these groups need to find somebody else to pick on.
The truth of the matter is that Tony Dungy most likely is against same-sex marriage. He is a very staunch Christian and therefore the odds are that he believe same-sex marriage is wrong. Whether he is or isn’t is of no concern to me. If Dungy cries out in a loud voice on March 20 “Same-sex marriage is wrong!” these groups should still leave him alone. What people do in their personal lives or personal convictions is of no concern to me. I thought that was the message of gay rights groups.
It is highly hypocritical for gay rights advocacy groups to attack individuals who disagree with their point of view by calling those individuals “narrow-minded.” I, for one, have no problem with same-sex marriage. I have friends who disagree with it. I respect their opinions and they respect mine.
The Indiana Equality Education Fund attacking a head football coach for speaking at an event is juts pathetic. Groups like this are the left-wing version of groups like the Indiana Family Institute. Sure, the organization probably does good things. It’s the extremist views of the groups that makes the majority of the people involved in the cause look bad. I suggest that Ms. Sarris spend more time trying to actually achieve some of the goals of her organization instead of attacking a man like Tony Dungy.
All quotes credited to AP and MSNBC