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I am finally calling out the NCAA for its blatant association with sponsors who associate with Anti-Gay hate groups who promote discrimination and hatred against the LGBT community and then turn around and sponsor College Bowl games.

Specifically, Chick-fil-A sponsors a bowl game with a team from the SEC (Southeastern) Conference vs. an ACC team (Atlantic Coast Conference).  Prior to purchasing sponsorship rights, this Bowl Game was the Peach Bowl.  The game is played in Atlanta, Georgia.

It occurs to me there are almost certainly other Corporations with hate group ties that sponsor Bowl games, or college sports in general.  This diary only considers one Bowl and one Corporation, while acknowledging the scope of the problem is larger than presented in this diary.

This topic has bothered me for a while now but I recently ran into an article that set me off. The article notes that in 2009 Chick-fil-A donated over 1.7 million dollars to anti gay hate groups.  Those groups included: the National Christian Foundation, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Serving Marriages, Inc., the Georgia Family Council and the Family Research Council.

http://www.rawstory.com/...

The Family Research Council is a prominent member of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Anti-Gay Hate Groups List.

Here is the Southern Poverty Law Center Anti-Gay Hate Groups list.  Eighteen groups have been placed on their list thus far, including rather prominently the Family Research Coucil headed by Tony Perkins of Louisiana.

http://splcenter.org/...

College Football is one of the last bastions of homophobia in Public education.  College football players coming out during their college football years is almost unheard of anywhere in the United States.  The intolerance extends to both private and public Universities.  And the problem has been exacerbated by the very public attempts to Christianize football by Evangelical groups in particular.  Tim Tebow, the terrible Quarterback with the Denver Broncos,  is the poster child for these groups.

What would the NCAA do if they discovered Corporation X who sponsored Bowl Game ZZZ also donated to the Ku Klux Klan, or American Identity Movement groups, or even the Black Panthers? The NCAA would disassociate themselves from Corporation X ASAP.  But homophobia is the last politically correct bastion of hatred in college sports.  If money is involved, homophobia is allowed, just not acknowledged.

But the blame is not just with the NCAA as the Peach Bowl itself was created by a homophobic group, the  Lion's Club of Atlanta in 1968 as the Civil Rights battle was raging in Southern states.  Even today, the Lion's Club remains resolute in its intolerance toward the LGBT community.  In 1998, the Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta took the game over and and sold sponsorship of the game to the Chick fil A corporation headquartered in Atlanta. ((The Chamber of Commerce in the 1950s was one of the strongest promoters of the career of Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin in the 1950s, who targeted gays for blackmail with his "I have a list!" charges and in the 1960s the Chamber was amongst the strongest opponents of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)).  So the Peach Bowl was founded by bigots, taken over by the relentlessly conservative Chamber of Commerce and who promptly sold the naming rights to one of the most defiantly hateful and homophobic Corporations in America, the Chick-fil-A Corporation.  And never once has the NCAA ever evinced a whit of concern over the extensive, public, and well documented tie-ins between Chick fil A Corporation and anti gay hate organizations.

The NCAA should be ashamed of itself, but I guess there is no corporate profit to be had by opposing homophobia in taxpayer assisted college sports.  Shame on the NCAA, the primary protectors and enablers of homophobia in America's Colleges and Universities today.

I wonder how the NCAA would react if a gay themed Corporation wanted to purchase naming rights for a Bowl game and wanted to rename a Bowl the Rainbow Bowl, with a gay inclusive theme as its mission? Not a Chance!

1:00 PM PT: Located another good article about Chick-fil-A and their ties to anti-gay hate groups.

http://newsfeed.time.com/...

Originally posted to walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:05 PM PDT.

Also republished by Milk Men And Women and Angry Gays.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:05:23 PM PDT

  •  Lions club (3+ / 0-)

    Even today, the Lion's Club remains resolute in its intolerance toward the LGBT community.  

    Can you provide information please? I just thought they were the folks who collected your old eyeglasses to re-distribute.

    •  here are links to several stories (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, Tennessee Dave

      One example: Lion's Club in Oregon: http://www.bakercityherald.com/...

      The Lion's Club has been anti-gay marriage.  And to the best of my knowledge the national organization has not shifted from the view.

       I did locate an article where a NY Lion's Club chapter formed to promote the gay community, but if they are evolving beyond one isolated group, I am unaware, and cannot locate the information at this time.

      But it is the Atlanta Lion's Club of 1968 that formed the Peach Bowl, not NY Chapters in 2011.

      But central thrust of the diary is the link between the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the NCAA.  The Lion's Club of Atlanta ended their association with the Peach Bowl in 1998 to the best of my knowledge and are not currently connected to the issue or the game.

      "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

      by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:39:10 PM PDT

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  •  Well, now I regret (5+ / 0-)

    buying that Chik-fil-a sandwich during my layover at the Atlanta airport. I knew they were fairly hard-core Christians; I didn't know they funded hate groups like the Family Research Council.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:27:50 PM PDT

  •  Maybe Tag S/B-- Chick-fil-A -- instead (2+ / 0-)

    Will the tag --> Chick fil A  <-- work.  

    Maybe tag --> Chick-fil-A <-- works better.

    Wiki-Wiki pedia shows Chick-fil-A as in your diary.

    •  I will change tag to see (0+ / 0-)

      But my guess is the dashes variation was my best choice for tag item, I just didn't use it,  but that shall change shortly

      "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

      by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:41:18 PM PDT

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  •  Careful with... (1+ / 0-)
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    GoGoGoEverton

    ..the broad strokes.

    Is college football homophobic?

    Does a wild bear use the bathroom in the woods?

    College football is a bastion of right wing militarism.

    If the Chick fil A Corporation is the only openly, aggressive anti-gay organization associated with college football, then I wasn't aware college football was so tolerate.

    But is the whole NCAA homophobic?

    Anecdotal evidence would seem to suggest not:

    Once I was comfortable with my sexuality, I came out to friends and teammates at Stanford that I was dating a woman. Once I came out, I was so much more comfortable within my relationships with my family and friends. Because I felt like I could finally be myself in every aspect of my life, I started to train better and play better ... I was a bubble player before, never having a solidified spot on the team. Coming into my own and accepting my sexuality allowed me to focus on becoming a better athlete and person and build stronger relationships with my teammates. Essentially, the experience of coming out has helped enable me to grow as a player and to fulfill my dreams this year.

    http://www.afterellen.com/...

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:11:02 PM PDT

    •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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      Tennessee Dave

      You comments miss the mark.

      First, I am talking college football, not any women's sports programs.  While a couple females have played as kickers, football remains a male dominated sports.  So your anecdotal evidence misses the mark.

      Second, I stated in the introduction the diary was focused on one bowl game and one corporation, not to all sports, and to women's athletic programs.

      Third, anecdotal evidence from the Penn St wrestling program does indeed show that program was intolerant under its head coach.  Not going to google for the specifics of the case, you can do that on your own if interested.  So whose anecdotal evidence trumps whose?  Does it matter?

      But I maintain if you associate with those known to have ties to hate groups, you enable their hatred and that is EXACTLY what the NCAA is doing.  I repeat the claim the NCAA would NEVER allow a Corporate sponsor of the Ku Klux Klan to sponsor a Bowl game, but it is fine for Corporations with ties to homophobic hate groups are fine.  Homophobia is that last tolerated hatred by the NCAA.  One standard for most hate groups, another specific to anti-gay hate groups.  That is tolerating intolerance towards gays which in my book fits very comfortably in any definition of homophobia.

      And I challenge you to name an openly gay football player, without googling, on any Division ! team in any of the 120 Division 1 programs in America.  ((crickets chirping)).  

      So rather than use broad strokes, I narrowed the topic in the introduction and you apparently failed to carefully read what i wrote is all.

      "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

      by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:36:50 PM PDT

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      •  i do think it is important (3+ / 0-)
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        jabney, Tennessee Dave, SierraDrinker

        Not to presume too much. I had the occasion to attend a gay journalist conference. A few prominent gay sports reporters were there who work for ESPN and other major outlets.

        They all agreed that professional athletes were far less homophobic than the public seems to presume they are. They spoke admiringly of the intelligence and sensitivity they knew chararacterized most players.  

        Don't let the noisy minorities and big news incidents color your preception, and hence your rhetoric of the whole crowd.

        I think the sports world has some surprises in store for most people in the next few years.

        At this point, far more people have now been arrested for protesting Wall Street's mortgage fraud crimes than have been for committing and presiding over them.

        by Scott Wooledge on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 02:16:55 PM PDT

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  •  Except for the Championship Bowl game and 4 other (1+ / 0-)
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    SierraDrinker

    Bowls that are sponsored by companies that have a 100% rating from the HRC:

    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    AT&T Cotton Bowl

    Capital One Bowl

    Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman,

    you're right on =)

    In all seriousness though, thank you for pointing that out about ChickFilA.

    Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:34:44 PM PDT

    •  I repeat (0+ / 0-)

      In my introduction I explicitly stated the following:

      This diary only considers one Bowl and one Corporation, while acknowledging the scope of the problem is larger than presented in this diary.

      So I fail to see what exactly your point is unfortunately.

      "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

      by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:40:56 PM PDT

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      •  It's like writing "with all due respect" when you (1+ / 0-)
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        SierraDrinker

        mention just one bowl/one corporation, but then label the whole NCAA over it, ignoring the whole picture.

        Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:49:19 PM PDT

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        •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

          The NCAA accepts as a sponsor of a flagship Bowl game a Corporation that blatantly discriminates against the LGBT community.  The Family Research Council is a recognized anti-gay hate group per the linked list i provided above.

          That is enabling homophobia.

          Therefore one who enables homophobia may accurately be called homophobic.  And the NCAA is providing Chick-fil-A a platform to generate more profits to attack the GLBT community with.

          So we have to agree to disagree unfortunately

          "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

          by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:57:03 PM PDT

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  •  Bottom up is the way to go (2+ / 0-)
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    walja, My Spin

    If we are to get these homophobes out of the NCAA the route will have to be ground up.

    LGBT student orgs will have to organize on campus applying pressure to the administration and athletics faculty. Once a few major dominos fall Chick-fil-a and others will find themselves on the defense. And other schools will fall in line.

    Pressure could come from rejecting sponsorship if it exists and/or getting admin and student body to adopt resolutions of condemnation. Once enough schools sign a letter of condemnation the bigger org, NCAA will have to take the objection seriously even if it hurts their bottom line, which they fear it will. (But likely, a more progressive sponsor will step up.)

    At this point, far more people have now been arrested for protesting Wall Street's mortgage fraud crimes than have been for committing and presiding over them.

    by Scott Wooledge on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 02:10:35 PM PDT

    •  agree (1+ / 0-)
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      Clarknt67

      and the bottom up effect would be strongest if it began in an SEC or ACC school since the Chick-fil-A Bowl matches teams from these conferences against one another.

      "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

      by walja on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 02:21:44 PM PDT

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  •  the chik-a-fil credo: (3+ / 0-)

    chikafil

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 04:35:44 PM PDT

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