Ah, the intolerance of the left

Happier days at Alcorn State

Happier days at Alcorn State

Assistant UConn football coach Ernest Jones fired after telling Hartford Courant, “We’re going to make sure (the players) understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle. That’s something that is important.”

That’s probably inappropriate these days for a state school, although a devout Christian working with some pretty tough inner city boys might think it useful, but a firing offense? Not just a reprimand?

After an uproar in the Hartford Courant, led by that paper’s editor, UConn’s president Susan Herbst explained that she’d reprimanded Jones, and made it clear to him and the head coach Bob Diaco that Jesus has no place on the gridiron. That should have been that, and it mollified the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, usually a prickly, but fairly sane arbitrator  of these things:

Gary Jones, director of the Connecticut Regional Anti-Defamation League, said that UConn addressed the issue properly.

“Clearly, this was a mistake on the part of the coach who is now employed by a public university, but we understand that both the president of the university and the coach have addressed the problem and corrected it and we’re very comfortable with the response,” Gary Jones said. “It was a mistake that was corrected. The last thing we want anyone to do is feel like this is a bad person or he had bad motivation. That’s just not true.”

But a reprimand and caution was not enough, and a letter writing campaign by offended citizens did Jones in. Rena Epstein of West Hartford said that she felt “alientated” after reading Jones’ statement; “it sounds like football players who are not Christian might not be welcome at UConn, and would not feel a part of that huddle. ” Certainly she wasn’t alone in her sentiments and feelings of alienation, although it’s unclear whether Ms. Epstein plans on playing for the Huskies herself.

What was Jones hired to do? His coach explained, before the firing:

 “It is a great role that [Jones] is an expert at and it is making sure players have a yearlong plan for developing in a myriad of different areas. Let’s just call it social development. It is teaching them about agents; it’s teaching them about drugs and alcohol; it’s teaching them and giving them inspirational stories from people that had adversity and persevered, bringing those people into clinic and lecture. It’s teaching them how to write a resume. It’s teaching them how to do an interview. It’s teaching them how to set a table or eat with a fork and knife properly, and etiquette; a myriad of different life-skills lessons and social development levels that help the players engage. It will also develop for a yearlong plan, a detailed community service plan where we are out in the community helping.”

Nowhere in that job description is there anything about religion, for God’s sake, so it’s a good thing this threat to civilized society has been ridden out of town.


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13 responses to “Ah, the intolerance of the left

  1. Anonymous

    What about a “Hail Mary” pass? Is that politically incorrect too?

  2. Mazama

    “…but a firing offense? Not just a reprimand?”

    For Progs this was “maxi-aggression” that demanded bringing the full force of the State – in very sense – to deliver a professional death sentence to Coach Jones. This helps others to learn proper social behavior, comrades. For the public good. And, of course, for the children.*

    * Defined as any fetus chosen for life but less than 26 years old.

  3. AJ

    Today’s students — they certainly know all about political correctness, and are quick to deny anybody the right to say anything they disagree with, yet not a single one of them can name any of the Bill of Rights, save but one who knew only of the first amendment.

  4. Anon2

    I find nothing more genuine and divine (in both meanings of the word) than watching a team of guys huddled in prayer. Several of the Super Bowl players thanked God and I truly believe many players feel that their talent is god-given. So why not allow a coach encourage such fine thought? Heresy.

  5. Fox

    Like so many other “institutions” of what if left of this society UConn has just proved it’s part of the atheist elite, not of America, and therefore, from now on, irrelevant.

  6. The only people you can persecute these days are white males and Christians. Poor guy, doesn’t he know that free speech and practice of religion are no longer permitted in this state?

    Where are Al Sharpton and Reverend Jackson now? You’d think the carnival would turn up to protect this worthy man. But I guess actual, God fearing Christians can now be fired just for mentioning Jesus. It’s not political correctness, it’s totalitarianism.

  7. damn! gotta look for a new jam

  8. TheWizard

    I suppose it’s fair enough if we can tell them to shove their Kwanzaa and such up their collective asses at the appropriate time.

    I’m not a Christian, but people are trying way too hard to be offended in our new world order.

  9. Walt

    Dude –
    Firstly, the pink eyed Bob Costas is back in the anchor seat. So that is good.

    But bad news on the total medal count. The commie red hoard now has 18, the same as us. We each have 5 golds, but the commie godless heathens have more silvers than us. But we have more medals in the manly sports than they do. The Neanderthals are right behind, with 17 total medals, followed by the Norwegians with 15. Surprisingly, all of us have five gold medals, while the krauts have 8 golds, and 13 in total.

    Tonight, for your viewing please, figure skating – your favorite – freestyle skiing, and Bobsled!! An action packed night!!

    Some of the events in Suckie were delayed due to fog, because it is so warm. Which is bad for Winter Olympics. And Bowtie Miller, bronze medalist for the US in Alpine skiing, was made to cry by an NBC correspondent, who for some reason, wanted to discuss his dead brother. Disgusting.

    Why didn’t she just ask him about dead babies?

    Did someone say dead baby?
    What do you do with four dead babies and a sheet of glass? Make a coffee table!!

    Your Pal,

  10. AJ

    Intolerant, yes, but not intolerant enough as they have allowed what is perhaps the biggest traitor since Benedict Arnold to remain ensconced on his throne.

    Linked article includes video of Lou Dobbs interview of retired Four Star Admiral James Lyons:

    ‘Admiral claims Obama conspired with America’s enemies to stage a phony scandal to kidnap Chris Stevens’

    “(GOPUSA) — It’s even worse than we previously thought. A retired four-star admiral is now claiming that Barack Obama intentionally conspired with America’s enemies to stage a bogus attack and the kidnapping of an American ambassador so he could “negotiate” the release of a “hostage” and bolster his mediocre approval ratings just prior to the election?

    On Lou Dobbs, retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, said: “the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi… was the result of a bungled abduction attempt…. the first stage of an international prisoner exchange… that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheik’…”

    But something went horribly wrong with Obama’s “October Surprise.” Although the Obama Administration intentionally gutted security at the consulate prior to the staged kidnapping, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty disobeyed direct orders to stand down, saved American lives, single-handedly killed scores of attackers…and the attackers, believing that the Obama had betrayed them, tortured Ambassador …”


  11. Riverslide

    I don’t think the firing has much to do with the school being public. I bet any of the elite private universities I attended would’ve fired him even faster. (The delay in his firing probably was a result of his skin color, which likely played a role in the ADL giving him a pass. No way the ADL would’ve given such a pass to Bob Diaco, formerly of Notre Dame.)