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Haven't seen this one diaried thus far and, to be honest, I don't see it gaining much traction. Still it's nice to know how some folks' minds work. Not to mention being a window into how things go in Washington.

From Raw Story by way of Instinct Magazine comes this little mind-blower. I don't know who Jack Burkman is but apparently he's some sort of hotshot right-wing lobbyist whose firm, J.M. Burkman & Associates signed on more new clients over the past year than any other K Street group. His latest gig? He's proposing a law that would ban the NFL from drafting gay players.

”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. "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?”

[snip]

“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,”

After all, what matters about a player isn't the contributions he makes over the course of four quarters on the field. It's the three minutes in the showers afterwards that are most important during which he might possibly look--with lust in his heart (or something)--at some poor defenseless teammate whose job it normally is to pummel the crap out of opposing players.

The window into Washington workings? I know this shouldn't be a surprise (there's ALEC after all) but isn't it the task of legislators--not lobbyists--to draft legislation?

And then of course there is the other question: why is it the business of Congress to decide which players an NFL team should be able to draft? And if it is, there are plenty of violent felons who've been drafted in the past. Burkman appears to have no issue with players like that.

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