Yesterday, sort-of-ex-NHLer Tim Thomas took to his Facebook page to stand with a chicken sandwich company who spoke out against gay marriage.

I know, I know, just bear with me. That wasn’t a Mad Lib.

In sum: the president of the mediocre fast food chain Chick-Fil-A said that he doesn’t think gay people should be allowed to get married (well actually, in poli-speak, he said his company supports “the biblical definition of the family unit”). Then Tim Thomas wrote what you can read below, essentially saying, “high five, same page brotha,” and finally the zingery commenced.

What Thomas posted, for those of you who haven’t seen it:

I stand with Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is privately owned by the Cathy family. The company president, Dan Cathy, drew the wrath of gay rights advocates and supporters when he made recent statements that some have alleged are anti-gay.
Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically
in favor of traditional marriage.

“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

In a separate interview on the Ken Coleman Show — Cathy suggested that the nation could face God’s wrath over the redefinition of marriage.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation
when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”

Ooo, nice hint of condescension with the “first wives” mention there. Light notes of dickishness.

After reading this, comedian Alicia Love, who was in the “Boston cab”  Tim Thomas Discover Card commercial with him, dropped this little gem of a tweet on us:

Well played, Alicia, well played.

Twitter was pretty fantastic in the wake of Thomas’ latest controversial comments. Even Roberto Luongo piled on:

Boom, roasted.

Just like I expected when I took this job: come late July, I’d be blogging about Roberto Luongo’s tweet on semi-retired Tim Thomas’s Facebook post backing a chicken company’s stance on gay marriage.

Comments (16)

  1. You lost me when you said “mediocre fast food chain.” When you live where there is no Chick-Fil-A, it tastes 10 times better than the garbage at the typical chains.

  2. Tim Thomas – freedom fighter…. but not for everyone.. only the chosen ones.

  3. You had it right … although “mediocre” was charitable. In Michigan (coincidentally, Thomas’ home state), there are no stores peddling that garbage because it falls short of our state’s food purity requirements. One other slight tilt: Cathy not only mouths his bigotry, he backs it with bucks to anti-gay causes. That’s the part that runs my motor. I was already pretty ticked at Thomas for repeatedly embarrassing our hometown.

  4. It may be mediocre compared to full service restaurants, but this place is unbelieveably popular. So popular there are even petitions to have it open on Sundays (surprised they are skewered for observing Sunday as a holy day). I would say it is upper tier in terms of fast food.

    I don’t think it is clear what Tim Thomas is supporting. Is he supporting the right of a private citizen to have personal beliefs? Or is he supporting that the definition of religious marriage is different than civil marriage? It is easy to infer the latter, but could be the former.

    • Given that Chicago’s reaction to Cathy’s statement is a definite First Amendment violation, it’s gotten to the point where even lefty sites like Mother Jones are on Chick-fil-A’s side.

      There’s a difference between boycotts and using the power of the state to silence dissent.

      • And the Chicago thing has what to do with Tim Thomas? Was he planning to open those Chick-fil-As in Chicago?

        Don’t conflate a clear violation of the first amendment (Chicago’s mayor denying a building permit based upon the owner’s political views) with Tim Thomas getting criticized for his support of Cathy. No one is suggesting that Thomas be punished by the state in any way. Like KMac says below, the first amendment doesn’t protect anyone from public criticism, which is the only thing that Thomas is facing. So, stop trying to confuse the issue.

    • Oh, and a link to the Mother Jones article for the googly challenged:

  5. i don’t understand why Thomas has to be politically correct he is an American citizen and has a right to say what he thinks and believes in. Stop making a big deal about the things he does and says.

    • @ak This response is my pet peeve. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from rebuttal. My ability to state tht I think this makes Tim Thomas a hypocrite is ALSO valid. He publicized his views, so they are open to debate. He doesn’t have to be politically correct but ” freedom of speech” doesnt exist in a vacuum. Your words express your ideas, and ideas shape our world. America was built primarily by thinking men and their idea of a different kind of country; debating the course of affairs is the most American activity there could be.
      TL;dr I know, but in short I don’t dislike that Thomas speaks his mind, I dislike that he thinks this way and that many think this way.

  6. Mediocre is an apt description. So is salty and greasy. But the point is made- late July hockey news is awesome.

  7. If you want to know why there are no professional gay hockey players, openly, I think you need to look at Tim Thomas.

    The year the Bruins won the Cup, if a 3rd line player came out on the Boston team, who would have been traded first? Do you keep the Vezina goaltender, the “gay 3rd liner”, or let the locker room go to hell as the two fight? (Amusing imagery of the coach putting their stalls next to each other.)

    Tim Thomas isn’t the only guy out there who believes the way he does, he’s just the loudest right now.

    (PS- not saying that all Tim Thomas says is wrong, or right, just saying that’s the way I think it is.)

  8. I laughed, Tim Thomas still has an imaginary friend, and It’s apparently not a lovable bear.

  9. 50 years from now our great grand children with be shaking their heads at us, they will be wondering how the issue of gay marriage was such a problem.

    Just as we now shake our head at the fact, that once upon a time it was illegal for blacks and whites to get married. Now look at us, our president is half black and half white.

    I will be on the right side of this issue and my children’s grandchildren will be proud of me!!!

    This is a human rights issue that all humans should support!! Stop using your religion as an excuse, for it is in our First Amendment to the United States Constitution “Separation of Church and State”. So when you use your religion as an excuse for not supporting human rights, you are not patriotic and you are a coward. You don’t have to like it or think it is normal, you of course have a right to your opinion, however your religious beliefs have no place in governing our laws.

    • Well said Sabrina and KMac. I hope I will be alive the day it will seem absurd that gay people did not have the right to get married.

  10. I am for gay marriage, but I disagree with the vitriol towards Tim Thomas. From what I know about him, he was raised by two good, selfless people. Evidently, his mom sold her wedding ring so that Tim could continue playing hockey. My assumption is that he was raised in a strong Christian household, which happens to believe that the biblical definition of the word, “marriage” is between a man and a woman. This does not make Chick-fil-A or Tim Thomas anti-gay, nor does it constitute discrimination. Rather, it’s a different point of view. So what if he thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman? He is entitled to his opinion. If you visit, you’ll find the slogan, “Gay athletes. Straight allies. Teaming up for respect.” Well…respect goes both ways. Crucifying someone because they grew up in a Christian home and believe something different than you doesn’t constitute respect. If there were more respect on the subject, I’m willing to bet that there would be more productive discussion, more compromise and more progress. Rather, the media (and the left) will demonize Tim Thomas because he believes something that is different. He is being bullied for having a different point of view. It’s kind of ironic since many in the gay community have been bullied for so long. This whole conversation brings out an ugly side to those who are pro gay marriage and although I share their view, I want no part in the rudeness towards those who don’t share in the opinion.

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