A Jacksonville Jaguars fan set up an online petition asking President Barack Obama to tell the team's general manager to sign free agent quarterback Tim Tebow.
"Jacksonville Jaguars fans want the team to sign recently released QB Tim Tebow," the petition, which was posted to the White House's We the People website, said. "However, rookie general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars David Caldwell is blocking this from happening. If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy."
The petition, originally filed under the "job creation" category, was active as of Monday morning but has since been removed for violating the website's terms of participation. more >>
Members of a boys 4 X 100 meter relay high school track team in Texas were left in tears last weekend after the University Interscholastic League of Texas disqualified them from competing in the state championships because the team's anchor runner made a "religious gesture" as he crossed the finish line to win their regional title.
The runner, Derrick Hayes reportedly lifted a finger to the sky in celebration, as he wrapped up the win for Columbus High School. According to his father, K.C. Hayes, he was simply pointing to God. But UIL officials disagreed and slapped the team with an "unsporting conduct" charge, disqualifying them from participating in the state championships.
A former National Football League player has received an apology from a Wisconsin church that allegedly canceled a speaking engagement after the player praised NBA star Jason Collins on Twitter.
LeRoy Butler, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, stated that he was disinvited from a speaking event at an unnamed church for posting a tweet that commended Collins of the NBA for coming out as gay.
The church, which Butler has refused to identify, proceeded to apologize to him for the incident and thanked him for not mentioning their name to the public. more >>
Televangelist and CBN host Pat Robertson said in an interview that there is nothing bigoted about Christians labeling homosexuality a sin, in light of controversy stirred over the recent coming out of NBA player Jason Collins.
"It's what Christianity says, ladies and gentlemen! Christianity says fornication is a sin. Somehow we've said if it's heterosexual fornication, it's bad; if it's homosexual fornication, that used to be called an abomination in the Bible, now it's a protected civil right. And so somebody that says that that kind of conduct is sinful is now being pilloried in the press," Robertson said on CBN.
When Collins spoke about his homosexuality in an article for Sports Illustrated, several prominent figures, including President Barack Obama, congratulated him for becoming the first player from a major American sports league to come out. Others, however, such as ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, pointed out that according to the Christian faith, living a homosexual lifestyle is sinful. more >>
President Barack Obama said he is proud of NBA player Jason Collins during a news conference Tuesday, just one day after Collins became the first male athlete from any of the four major professional sports in the U.S. to announce that he is gay.
"I had a chance to talk to [Collins] yesterday. He seems like a terrific young man, and I told him I couldn't be prouder of him. You know, one of the extraordinary measures of progress that we've seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality, not just tolerance but a recognition that they're fully a part of the American family," Obama said, according to a video from CBSnews.com.
He later added, "I think Americans should be proud that this is just one more step in this ongoing recognition that we treat everybody fairly ... and we judge people on the basis of their character and their performance, not their sexual orientation." more >>
Chris Broussard, the Christian ESPN analyst, was asked to discuss his opinion on Washington Wizards Center Jason Collins announcing that he is a homosexual Christian and sparked a debate after questioning the athlete's faith.
Broussard, 44, appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," alongside openly gay ESPN staff member LZ Granderson to discuss the topic of tolerance for homosexuality after Collins became the first active athlete in professional sports to speak about his lifestyle choice.
"Personally I don't believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that's a sin," Broussard said on ESPN Monday. "If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be. I think that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ." more >>