Earlier today, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (it still feels great to write that) visited the White House as a part of the American tradition where the national champion in each sport has it's turn to be received by the president. With the Bruins in town to play the Capitals tomorrow, today was the Bruins' turn. Super-star goaltender Tim Thomas refused to show. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender and is a major star in the sport. His is also the first-choice goaltender for the US National Team, having led the US to silver in the last Olympics. His refusal to be received by Obama in what is a major event for any championship team certainly creates a lot of waves.
He released the following statement explaining his protest:
|Tim Thomas & the Stanley Cup|
"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.I was beaming with pride as I read that. That makes me so proud to be a Bruins fan. He is dead on accurate. He is right about the indefensible tyranny of the Obama administration and he is right that both parties have their share of the blame. He is setting such great example. He, someone in such prominent position, is speaking up against the leftist extremism. This is something in which we can take heart and something we should emulate. Bruins President Cam Neely followed with this statement:
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"
"As an organization we were honored by President Obama's invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team's achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject."I wanted to pelt Cam Neely with eggs for making such a disgraceful and embarrassing statement. To defend the current administration is to defend all the sin they force on the public, calling the ability to degrade human beings a "right". They claim it is a "right" to degrade the act of mutual self-sacrifice between bridegroom and bride, where they pour out everything to each other, even their very bodies, providing the environment for God to create new life, to a mere act of physical or emotional pleasure through legalized sodomy and legalized contraception. Then they make sure that the marital sacrifice remains degraded to physical & emotional pleasure by defending the "right" to legalized murder-that a child must be put to death for the "comfort" of the mother. All of this is forced on the public-and using the public's own money.
It is a sad day and you know there is no moral fiber or self-control when passions and emotions are defended as "rights". God did not create us to live according to our emotions and what we feel is right. God created us to live in the love in which He dwells. It is a love that is self-sacrificial, where the lover willingly completely destroys himself to get the beloved to the dignity for which she was created by God, which is to dwell in that same self-giving love. It is with this love that Christ loves His Bride, the Church, and we are to love with this same love. To paraphrase St. John Chrysostom, love does not seek the favor of the beloved, but rather her benefit.
I suppose this makes me a typical New England sports fan: love the players, hate the front office. Also, it should not be lost that this comes at the same time as the March for Life, which was happening simultaneously across the street.