After the recent chaos that Tim Thomas heaped on himself by choosing to not attend The White House with the rest of his Boston Bruins teammates, one assumed he’d be avoiding anything that would make him the center of attention for awhile.

He didn’t help his cause in the wake of the incident by not defending his decision to not attend (instead choosing to post a single Facebook status and act like it never happened), but still…the circus was starting slowly leaving town.

He’s been playing fantastic hockey since, and many of us were remembering why we liked him so much in the first place: he’s a really awesome goalie, and a blast to watch play the position.

But today, he made the circus put on its brakes and turn around.

He’s welcome to believe in whatever politics he wants. He has the right to free speech. He can be of whatever religion he chooses. You’d just think he’d keep the focus on hockey, at least publicly, given how people reacted to his White House snub.

Here’s his latest Facebook status update:

For those of you who can’t read that:

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Whatever that means to you, you still have to ask – why complicate your every day life as a hockey player?

If it’s because these are messages he wants to get out there and he’s passionate about politics, okay, fine. That can be who you are and we’ll respect that…but then you have to actually talk about politics and religion, and get the message out there.

This Facebook poli-bombing is going to drive me crazy if he doesn’t stand and speak up for what he believes. You’re either behind the message or you’re not.

Something about it reminds me of a person who’d post “I had the craziest day today,” to get people to ask them about it…then not tell them. If you want attention, stuff like this will do the trick.

If Tim Thomas wants to talk politics and religion, it’s time he do so from out behind the keyboard too.

(Stick-tap to @_TyAnderson for passing that along.)

Comments (32)

  1. As a passionate Bruins fan, and a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, I have just one thing to say about this!


  2. Why? He has a right to free speech – in all its forms – but there is no such thing as mandated speech. If he wants to keep it to behind the keyboard, more power to him.

    • Beacause he was whining when people wanted to ask him about the WH at press conferences. You can’t have it both ways, especially as a public figure. I agree with Bourne, he sounds like a drama queen now.

    • Yes, he has every right to say what he wants to. Just like we have every right to criticize him for the comments he does or doesn’t say in public.

  3. What is he even railing on about now? That Catholics are being persecuted? Not down in America right now, is there some sort of persecution of Catholics going on? Are they been trucked away somewhere?

    This sounds more like Timmy discovering a quote that was taught to us all in middle school and running to post it on his facebook page thinking he is cleverest guy in town.

    Much ado about nothing.

  4. Well at least he’s confirming my thoughts on him after the whole White House thing. The guy clearly doesn’t really understand his position and is incapable of articulating them. What is his point here? He stands with the Catholics? What about other religious groups seeking religious freedom? Does he stand with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

    • You should read the article linked below. I think people may be a little uninformed on what he’s referring to. That’s not his fault.

  5. Catholics for religious freedom? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  6. Why in the world is it even worthy of you writing about, and why would you even care if it was done on Facebook or in a public square? What a ridiculous non-controversy. More boring story of 2011-12 so far.

  7. What an idiot. He wrote that in the wake of the ‘Final Solution’. It’s not about standing together with the ‘Catholics’, it’s about standing together as a whole, a unifying part, you know, a TEAM. Niemoller was a religious man, yes. But he was also a staunch anti-Nazi. And hey, Timmy, Adolf, Goerring, Goebbels, etc., developed Nazism and their idea of the ‘Final Solution’ through a manipulated and mutated interpretation of Catholicsm/Christianity. So buddy, understand the quotes before you post them.

  8. I think people are paying waaaay too much attention to what is being said on fb. He’s not standing in front of the cameras and discussing his political views because he wants to keep the focus on the game and his team. Who cares what a guy does or says in his own little corner of the internet universe?

    And for the record, i think he’s a moron for not attending the white house, but now were sitting here talking about some random ish he just posted on fb. We’re talking about fb. We might as well be talking about practice…

  9. Perhaps he needs the attention since Luongo’s no longer pumping his tires…

    It will sure be interesting to see his continuing posts as the political rhetoric in this country heats up even more (if that’s possible), and if he’ll eventually step in it by having cross pollination with his personal beliefs and some liberal cause (for example heard a guy on the radio today who said he was torn about the ruling on Prob 8 being unconstitutional – Catholic, thus believes in the sanctity of man-woman marriage, but also believes in the separation of church and state).

    Thx Eric for drawing that line, I was wondering myself what the hell Thomas was going on about, but now it makes perfect sense.

  10. I wasn’t really impressed with his White House no-show and his ‘after the fact’ statement that took away from the day (when it could have been addressed prior to), but I’m confused about comparing this to a “I had a crazy day” FB post (one of many reason I’m not on facebook any longer). His comment is very specific about a specific issue. It’s not vague in the least.

    • Maybe it was just me, but I thought it was an extremely vague statement, to the point where many people were confused about the impetus for his posting it. For instance, some thought it may have had something to do with the overturning of Prop 8, but it’s more likely to do with the ongoing contraception/Catholic institution debate. And it was the same sort of vague rhetoric in his White House FB post. Though he may want people to believe he’s extraordinarily enlightened, the mindless rhetoric on his FB points to exactly the opposite.

  11. It is the rascist dogwhistle phrasing that all of these Soveriegn Citizens spew. They must always conflate their beliefs and tie disenters to Nazis and Fascists.

    • Well, yeah, National Socialism does conflict with Freedom of Religion as one of its core facets.

      Not sure how this is political at all though…seems more philosophical.

  12. Good for Thomas. He speaks up!

  13. Bourne,

    When it comes to hockey, I love your work. I get the impression, though, that this wouldn’t bother you nearly as much if Tim Thomas’ political views were in alignment with your own. Am I right?

    • He doesn’t have a problem with his views, he has a problem with Thomas posting this stuff on his Facebook page, and then when asked about it in front of a mic, Thomas clams up and doesn’t want to talk about it.

  14. It’s not an easy issue and we won’t get ahead by pretending it is. A secular, liberal nation has to balance religious freedoms (and any freedom, like freedom of speech) with the well-being of society. For example, you have freedom of speech but you can’t yell “FIRE!” in a crowded movie theatre and cause a stampede for fun. I can understand why this decision might frustrate some people who want the axe to fall a little closer to religious freedoms, but I cannot understand how any intelligent person who understands the need to balance these principles can interpret this as a step toward Holocaust-like persecution. Thomas is speaking his mind and more power to him, but man, that guy does not seem like a very smart dude.

  15. As a pationate hockey fan and conservative, I have one word to say about this.


    Now back to hockey.

  16. I Stand with the Fans in the fight for hockey.

    “In Phoenix the NHL came first for the Forwards, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Forward. Then they came for the defensemen, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a defenseman. Then they came for the goalies, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a goalie. Then they came for the fans, and I didn’t speak up because I was a journalist. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

    -Justin Bourne, once considered one of the best bloggers turned journalist

    There’s a translation that is identical, but once you start throwing in different words, stuff get’s heated…

    Tim Thomas is clearly using his celebrity to get a few messages across, the same way Ilya Bryzgalov is trying to let everyone know that we’re very small part of the Universe..

    Goalies do these sorts of things.. Plus I wouldn’t doubt Tim Thomas goes into Politics after his career is over.. I think he should, he has a big enough following (both nay sayer’s and believers)

  17. This post is an embarrasment the author and for The Score. I usually enjoy the site, but I’m shocked this useless piece of trash was ever published.

    • Hey LRoy, author here. Sorry you didn’t like it. Thomas continues to discuss politics as an NHL goaltender on his Facebook page. I think he should either openly discuss them, or just play goal. You disagree I take it?

  18. I understand the controversy with him not going to the White House, but what’s wrong with this? He’s actually using his brain?

    “Whatever that means to you, you still have to ask – why complicate your every day life as a hockey player?”

    BECAUSE HE’S A HUMAN BEING, WITH A BRAIN! He makes his living as a hockey player, but he’s allowed to express his outside interests and sentiments openly. It’s called being American.

    • If he were using his brain he wouldn’t support Glenn Beck, nor would he think that Catholicism in the US were really under attack. Thomas is merely showing himself to be a complete asshole. Maybe his next message will talk about how women who get raped are “asking for it” by “dressing that way”

  19. Uh Tim, playing the victim card for an organization that systematically covered up a global scandal of child molestation (among many other transgressions over the course of hundreds of years) isn’t going to get you too many fans. Up until now I liked the story of you and your hockey career. Now I just think you’re an idiot of epic proportions. Thankfully you’re old as dirt in hockey years and you’ll be gone soon from the public consciousness.

  20. So he’s protesting the fact that insurance companies will be required to provide birth control at no charge? No one is forcing anyone to USE the birth control – that remains a personal choice.

    Seriously – dude needs to just stand up and say what he means/believes in. This method of obscure references on FB is really just a “pay attention to me” ploy.

  21. He’s getting what he wants. People to talk about him in every aspect possible.

    If some professional sports player who nobody really heard of, said something like this, do you honestly think people would be blowing it way out of proportion??? I think not.

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