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February 25, 2014 - 7:26 am

Is this a stunt, some idiot lobbyist’s idea to get back at gay marriage supporters, or what? Whatever it is, you can’t pass laws banning people from playing football because they’re gay. Can’t, shouldn’t, won’t happen.

Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.

Burkman in a statement said he has garnered political support for the bill, though his statement didn’t mention any specific lawmakers who are behind it.

”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?”

Burkman said he came up with the idea after college football star Michael Sam publicly revealed he is gay a few weeks ago. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Of course he did. Does Burkman know about Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy soccer player who is gay and played last season? It being soccer, probably not. Hardly any American pay attention to the MLS. But it happened, and the only question that arose was why were the Galaxy still playing him late in the season when it was pretty clear that he wasn’t pulling his weight? His being gay had nothing to do with that; his being past his prime and the Galaxy’s shallow bench did. None of the adult players on the professional team were complaining about the showers.

Burkman is a Republican lobbyist. His little effort is probably going to be used to paint every Republican as a bigot and set the cause of protecting Christians and churches from lawsuits over same-sex marriage back a bit. He says the idea is meant for his clients to show how conservative they are to their home districts. All that will do is broaden the brush with which the left will paint his clients and the entire GOP as bigots.

Burkman’s clients should fire him.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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There are lots of good ways to demonstrate one's conservative chops; refusing to support absurd gun control laws, for example. Burkman's idea just expands government intrusion into our personal lives, and there is NOTHING conservative about that.
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"Burkman is a Republican lobbyist. His little effort is probably going to be used to paint every Republican as a bigot and set the cause of protecting Christians and churches from lawsuits over same-sex marriage back a bit."

If this guy claims he is a Republican, then he's a traitor, probably in the pay of Democrats to promote this. Nobody would do something this stupid without getting compensated for it.
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This is a ridiculous stunt designed for one thing only, to paint Tea Party people as extremists. Democrats like to do that, of course, but who else might Burkman be associated with who would like to do the same, especially in the run up to the primaries? I can think of a few establishment Republicans who are reptilian enough to give conservatives in general a black eye if it helps their chance for reelection. *cough*McConnell*cough*
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Hopefully Burkman will be pilloried enough by prominent Republicans to kill this nonsense. This is the kind of anti-conservative crap that grabs defeat from the jaws of victory for conservatives.
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I guess I'm not the only one :)
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Can't help but think of this post from Instapundit about "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations"

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/184534/
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Burkman is a Republican Lobbyist? As I write this, Instapundit has a short and a link regarding "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations"

Who knows? Burkman may be a Fool, an Agent Provocateur, or a victim of some form of blackmail or other form of coercion. I do have to wonder if the GOP contains deep cover agents, either self-assigned or otherwise, whose contribution to The Cause is to sabotage The Enemy.

If they really do see Conservatives as The Enemy, what would flow from such beliefs?
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There are lots of good ways to demonstrate one's conservative chops; refusing to support absurd gun control laws, for example. Burkman's idea just expands government intrusion into our personal lives, and there is NOTHING conservative about that.
8 weeks ago
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"Burkman is a Republican lobbyist. His little effort is probably going to be used to paint every Republican as a bigot and set the cause of protecting Christians and churches from lawsuits over same-sex marriage back a bit."

If this guy claims he is a Republican, then he's a traitor, probably in the pay of Democrats to promote this. Nobody would do something this stupid without getting compensated for it.
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Especially a lobbyist. They never do anything public without getting paid to do it.
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He is a Republican. Check out his Web site.
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I don't care what he says he is. Doing what he's doing isn't being done just so he can say he's helping the Republican cause. The only people this benefits are Democrats, and that is something every Republican knows. So if he's willing to do what he's doing, there's got to be something in it for him, something that wouldn't come from fellow Republicans.
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What's in it for him? Publicity.
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You obviously haven't thought this out very long ---- $
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Publicity leads to money.

I wonder who--if anyone--has hired him to promote this to begin with.
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