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Posted on 05/13/2011 5:54:45 AM PDT by ZGuy
One of Canadas leading TV sports broadcasters fired one of its anchors Wednesday after he voiced support for true marriage on Twitter.
Damian Goddard, the now-former host of Connected on Rogers Sportsnet, had tweeted his support of Burlington hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who created a stir this week when he criticized New York Rangers hockey star Sean Avery for shooting a TV ad backing gay marriage.
I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage, wrote Goddard on May 10th. He also voiced support for U.S. Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar, who resigned as chef de mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team after homosexual activists created a controversy over his support for true marriage.
Sportsnet had distanced themselves from the comments on their own Twitter account. They announced Wednesday that Goddard had been fired and did not specify the reasons.
Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization, said Sportsnet spokesman Dave Rashford in a statement.
Nevertheless, Goddard is standing by the comments. In terms of what I said, I stand by it, he told the Toronto Star. Im a devout Roman Catholic. Its not about hate at all.
Every time something like this happens in my area, I both write and call to let them know that I will not watch/listen/read until they reverse that decision. If that’s forever, I’m okay with that. I do not need programming from a bigoted and intolerant network in my life; if they have no room for real Christians in their world, then I want no part of them.
and I completely support Todd and Damian
Pardon my ignorance, but why do the people of Canada tolerate this censorship?
Do Canadians not have freedom of speech?
Chai Feldblum, lesbian appointed by 0bama to a cabinet position, stated it this way:
“gays win, Christians lose”
Not really. I wish the new Conservative majority would start standing up to this and not go all squishy like our RINOs.
i can see this happening here too... sadly...
censorship aside. i don’t think fags watch sports anyway. while dykes only watch LPGA and field hockey.
I have heard they are already using hate speech laws to silence pastors up there, but I do not have a link to confirm it. I know that it will only be a matter of time before that it is done here in the USA. My only hope is that the ACLJ will make those laws be used on real hate groups like LaRaza and the NBP.
It has been shown that Eric Holder will let his people violate the civil rights of others, so I’m not getting my hopes up.
Not like we do, no. For example, in Canada they could easily shut down a KKK march, where here it’s protected speech.
Maybe these guys should start their own conservative based sports network...
others are true bastards.
None are offspring of gay marriages.
“not the right fit”
Isn’t that precisely what he was arguing against?
Tolerance and diversity only counts when you agree with liberals.
In one sense, she's right. They are going to win for a short time, but I've already read the back of the Book and it doesn't go well for those like Chai Feldblum at all.
Nonsense! Great tolerance is a 3" group at 100 yards and true diversity is qualifying with pistols, rifles and shotguns.
And I believe we’re closer to that occurrence than many believe.
I agree, I do believe we’re so close it’s not even funny now. I do hope that we get to see their comeuppance, but I have this wedding to attend that’s been in the planning for ever, so we’ll have to see. If I miss the wedding though, I’ll catch pure hell for sure.
Actually, if you miss it by being taken out of the world,
those who are able to attend are the ones who are in for “pure hell”.
Better to lose a job and stand for truth, than to keep a job and lose integrity.
i dont think fags watch sports anyway
Don’t forget figure skating!
Canada is shot-through with socialism and political correctness, so they don't have freedom of speech as you imagine it. It is worse than the USA, and similar to Europe's condition.
Not to be nit picky here but.. you really need to read the article closer.
Unless I’m mistaken this is NOT state run TV. Censorship is when the Government shuts you up.
To me this reads as a company that did not like his comments so they fired him. Same thing could and has happened here in the US. Private companies can fire people if they don’t like what they say in public and they hear it will impact their business.
Neuhaus’s Law: Where Orthodoxy is optional, sooner or later it is prohibited.
Rogers Sportsnet is owned by Rogers Media , trades on the Toronto Exchange, RCI.B (TSX) . It's not the Canadian government .
Far too many ignorant statements made on this thread about Canada . Sportnet fires an employee because of what is said, , Free Republic bans ( censors) because of what is said. What's the difference ?
I was actually talking about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, although I admit I was being a little obtuse.
I was just thinking how some women react if you were to miss a wedding. That’s “hell to pay” as well...
The story of Damian Goddard today and the story of Todd Reynolds yesterday was what I was referring to. Both voiced support of traditional marriage, both are now unemployed. And there have been many many stories of people who supported California’s Proposition 8 and have had to endure the public wrath of pro-gay marriage advocates.
No, you don't got it.
Words mean things. And "censorship" is when the government suppresses free speech.
Those other cases you cited are simply "suppression of free speech".
Thanks. I tried explaining it but I don’t think it got through to them.
>Pardon my ignorance, but why do the people of Canada tolerate this censorship?
Do Canadians not have freedom of speech?<
Remember what happened to my fellow canadian Mark Steyn? There ya go. I left kanadastan in 2007. I still LOL at the canadian threads that because canada lowered the tax rate it’s all hunky dory....I’m back in Vancouver twice a year and the biggest industry is security guards just to guard the massive and empty Olympic facilities.
If the libs have their way, in the not too distant future, if you do not support the homosexual agenda, you will have a tough time getting a job if not prosecuted for having the wrong ideas. It’s happening in Canada and Europe, it can happen here.
They will discover just how wrong they are when they come face-to-face with the Living God.
Canadians do not really have freedom of speech.
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Okay, the deluge is now upon us. NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH! None. A sports commentator "tweets" his support of someone else who supports traditional aka "real" marriage - and his career is ruined, his livelihood destroyed. When - when!! are people going to stand up against this Nazi and Stalin-esque evil???
And the new "conservative" /sarcasm government will do nothing to change it.
The big thing here is, the guy admitted to his beliefs, and bit the bullet by getting fired. I at least accept him doing that as the correct thing. As for the gymnast, it is disappointing that such a great athlete is gone from our team effort.
And suppression of free speech, is among the biggest steps on the road to communism.
And suppression of free speech, is among the biggest steps on the road to communism.
Why are gay people afraid of our marriage traditions?
Why do some in the media support gay hatred of the rest of us?
‘And the new “conservative” /sarcasm government will do nothing to change it.’
In too many ways, it appears they do not. IIRC you can be prosecuted for 'hate speech' in Canada.
Never fear, though. It's coming soon to an America near you.
I’d be delighted to be proven wrong but Harpsichord already stated that legal abortion would not come up for review under his leadership.
Thanks. Just as bad in the free speech, non socialist country too..:)
“Pressure from homosexual activist groups has compelled the head of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team to quit.”