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Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy Honored by Anti-Gay Group


Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy is being honored at a fundraiser for The Indiana Family Institute, the state's most fervently anti-gay group, with close ties to James Dobson's Focus on the Family.

Given the photograph on the invite here, with Dungy pictured in his coaching uniform, I wonder if the Colts and NFL know they're implicitly endorsing this organization?

One more reason to root for the Bears in Superbowl XLI!

More on the IFI at Bilerico...

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  1. Not to mention the typo in Colt's - drives me crazy!

    Posted by: Greg Alexander | Jan 29, 2007 3:55:08 PM

  2. Dungy is a religious man, obviously. He is also entitled to support any cause he likes as a private individual. But when the IFI advertises the event with a picture of Dungy in his sideline Colts regalia, it serves as an endorsement of the IFI by the Colts, including the administration and the individual members of the team.

    The IFI (and the national organization to which it is linked) is a terribly divisive and offensive organization to a lot of people, not just gays. What a monumentally stupid PR move. Write in, give them a chance to fix it, and (if necessary) root for the Bears.

    Interesting that a man who so recently experienced a groundswell of popular sympathy after the tragic suicide of his son should so quickly jettison that support with such a squalid public endorsement. Reminds me of GWB in that way, and we all know how popular HE is just now. Just sayin.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 29, 2007 4:31:07 PM

  3. Now, they, Glaad, will be going to go after him as well. Are gay men and women so easily offened and need validation, that they just can't stomach the idea that the world does not revolve around gay rights? maybe, trying to blend in and not forcing and looking under every rock for a bigot would be a better route to equality.

    And, since when did the "groundswell" involve the lbgt crowd? Most would have no idea who this guy even is.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 29, 2007 5:07:42 PM

  4. His son who committed suicide was invariably described as "sensitive" and "personable". The son was reportedly every mother's favorite among his friends. The son was raised in a very strict overtly religious home. He was only eighteen and struggling with unidentified "problems". It sounds like too many I knew when young, a few (thankfully few) who committed suicide because they could not reconcile their sexual orientation with their father's representation as the ultimate outwardly successful straight man. Suicides are unbelievably painful for those that remain. It appears that his son's death has only reinforced the father's religiousity of intolerance.

    Posted by: rudy | Jan 29, 2007 5:15:26 PM

  5. a hard name to carry....and panties in a bunch with very little follow through as one avoids any of these cold calls that could open up something that isn't such a stick figure city moment. yet, many social places -- are bars social?,? hardly -- triggering conversation could be blasphemous to one's compact reflection, hence, dungy albeit fecal like many things in this culture today -- who cares, as one can kee kee and tee hee to the yawn of the chorus....wondering, if a bigot hunt is like a witch hunt and nothing really exists from coast to coast nor ear to ear.

    rights or equality are presumably just as make-believe as the culture in which they're founded.

    Posted by: ricardo | Jan 29, 2007 5:18:10 PM

  6. Go Colts!


    Posted by: Eric in Indy | Jan 29, 2007 5:35:04 PM

  7. Ricardo: are you emulating spam or something?

    He was invited in order to bring publicity to the group and will no doubt get paid for the appearance, which is probably the main reason he is doing it. It's all publicity and money, nothing to worry about.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 29, 2007 5:39:01 PM

  8. James Dobson...> Tony Dungy...> Peyton Manning...> Kenny Chesney....> kind of a six degrees of Mike Jones if you ask me.

    Posted by: DC8STRETCH | Jan 29, 2007 5:52:41 PM

  9. Come on. Of course he and the NFL know about this sponsorship. He is as homophobic as all the black christians are, and the NFL ?, come on, grow up. You don't hear him or the NFL complainig about the photo or the endorsement, do you?.

    Posted by: Oscar | Jan 29, 2007 6:04:12 PM

  10. by TYLER:
    "Are gay men and women so easily offened and need validation, that they just can't stomach the idea that the world does not revolve around gay rights? maybe, trying to blend in and not forcing and looking under every rock for a bigot would be a better route to equality."

    Well said, Tyler.

    There will not come a time when everyone agrees on "gay" rights. Millions of people tie their beliefs to their faith. That is only one facet of the freedom of opinion, (religious or otherwise) that we have in this country.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jan 29, 2007 6:05:50 PM

  11. Dear Stephen,
    Grow up. Write or speak against blacks are one is crucified in the public opibnion. Isn't that also part of what you call "freedom of opinion". You are so naive or so sly or both.

    Posted by: Oscar | Jan 29, 2007 6:09:34 PM

  12. "maybe, trying to blend in and not forcing and looking under every rock for a bigot would be a better route to equality."

    Tyler, are you gay? If so, I'd like to hear what qualifies as bigotry in your eyes. Every time there is a story on Towleroad about anti gay groups or individuals, there is a small but vocal group objecting.

    Basically, it's 'shut up you whiny fags.' I would like to think that this is the result of bigoted heteros who troll these web sites to keep up with what the liberal gays are carrying on about.

    However, the more plausible and unsettling reality is that many are homosexuals who are so disconnected with (what they perceive as) Gay Culture, that they will look for any opportunity to distance themselves -- even when the very people who have set themselves against all gays everywhere rally support and find common ground in their shared hate and intolerance.

    Tyler, if you are indeed gay, what would spark protest in you, if anything at all?

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 29, 2007 6:16:25 PM

  13. "He is as homophobic as all the black christians are."

    When I think of Christian homophobes, I think of James Dobson, Ted Haggard, Fred Phelps, Justice Scalia, and the current Pope, who are all white.

    What is it about this site that brings out the racists who seem to think blacks are more homophobic than whites?

    Posted by: MW | Jan 29, 2007 6:23:45 PM

  14. Oscar, your stupidity is showing.

    Posted by: Je | Jan 29, 2007 6:25:20 PM

  15. Rudy,

    Are you basing your ideas on facts, or are you just making assumptions?


    "He is as homophobic as all the black christians are..."

    Cornel West, Coretta Scott King, Julian Bond. All black. All Christian. None of them are anti-gay. Now if you want to have a conversation about homophobia in the black community, let's do it. But if you just want to talk a bunch silly noise, then you will be by yourself.


    Posted by: James | Jan 29, 2007 6:46:42 PM

  16. Go Bears! We love our 'Mos!

    Posted by: Chicago | Jan 29, 2007 7:00:55 PM

  17. Oscar,
    Your comments regarding this topic are without merit. How can you make such a statement and broadswipe every black Christian as a homophobe? It's so off-base, it doesn't warrant further discussion.

    As for telling me to "grow up", I assure you I am a mature adult who has been involved in social issues for several years.

    I believe that the name-calling and vocal bashing of people with different opinions
    of the majority of responders on this blogsite is only a small percentage of the gay and lesbians population. Where does it stop? When is something like Tony Dungy's being honered by IFI going to viewed simply as, "He's a member of the unconverted, we cannot win him to our side" philosophy and let it be. No one cause or issue (gay, environmental, taxes, gun control, etc.) is going to "convert" 100% of the people. Why not focus energies where they may stand a much better chance of making a difference?

    Posted by: Stephen | Jan 29, 2007 7:12:03 PM

  18. The not to bright man's son KILLED HIMSELF because he was gay - and the HATRED this man expressed and maybe the hatred spread by his church leaders.

    Religion and a religious man drove a gay man to suicide.

    Now this shit can't accept that his son was really gay. So he blames gay society for "confusing" and "leading astray" his son. For causing his son to "go down the wrong path that he and the church leaders tried to save him from"

    But the gays got him.

    So he will use his gay son's death to mobilize mass religious based hatred for gays.

    And the VATICAN sponsors Focus on The Family gets to promote hatred and acceptance of vatican hate rules. Hate rules that when played correctly keep them in power.

    Dungy is a stupid man who the powerful are exploiting using his dead son for him to preach anti-gay propoganda.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Jan 29, 2007 7:58:29 PM


    Posted by: rjp3 | Jan 29, 2007 8:01:14 PM

  20. RJ, from where did you glean those quotes?

    Posted by: High | Jan 29, 2007 9:57:22 PM

  21. RJP3 -

    What on Earth are you talking about??? From all published reports, Mr. Dungy's son's taking his own life was a tragic end to a lifelong struggle with mental illness (bi-polar/manic depressive) - don't assume sensitive = gay. As a matter of fact, it's best you don't assume ANYTHING about it without doing some research - and setting your own bias and ignorance aside.

    As someone posted earlier, judging how the invite slapped a stock picture of him on the side, i seriously doubt Mr. Dungy knows of the details of the IFI - he's readying his team for the SUPERBOWL this weekend, for goodness sakes! More than likely, someone at the Colts' front office called his office and asked if had that date available, they played phonetag for a few days, etc., and someone else made the decision. And note that the invite says they're "honoring" Tony Dungy - it doesn't say he'll be there. Ticketholders shouldn't be surprised if someone from the front office shows up in his place; happens all of the time.

    I personally do not know what Mr. Dungy's opinion on homosexuality is, but there needs to be some perspective, here, and there's no need to jump to the inflammatory - within five posts, and for no apparent reason, this comment thread got really racial and really ugly.

    The race-hate on this board is becoming unbearable.

    Posted by: susan | Jan 29, 2007 11:44:56 PM

  22. Susan...the race hate on this board is becoming unbearable? I'm confused as to why you would make such a comment...there is one racist comment that I see in the responses to this story...and granted, that's one racist comment too many...but there were three or four other posters who jumped in and admonished the person who wrote the racist post...perhaps i haven't seen the posts you've seen, but the race hate doesn't seem overwhelming to me.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 30, 2007 12:06:50 AM

  23. There are clearly not enough facts here. I did not know the rumors about Tony Dungy's "sensitive" son, but clearly that's not enough to go on, especially with the possible bi-polar issue. The bottom line is that this event is in late March, well after the Super Bowl, so he's either committed to it or not. Does he know what the organization stands for? I don't know. Would he continue to be involved if he did know? I don't know. Does the NFL have any business letting anyone in uniform be involved with a hate group? Absolutely not! They don't ever allow ANYTHING with a logo on it to appear for anything, for profit or not for profit without "express written consent" or the equivalent. So that is one thing to think about here.

    I am a sports fan, and I'm gay. I'm a Bears fan by default this year, and I hate Payton Manning for no particular reason. No amount of nonsense could make me change my Super Bowl stance at this point, so I will end with a hearty "GO BEARS"!

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Jan 30, 2007 3:10:30 AM

  24. A gentle reminder to all of Oscar's comments about footballer Joey Porter in a previous post:
    "A nigger will always a nigger be. No matter how many bucks do they make, the nigger in them will always come out."

    He believes that he knows the Black community because he "lived with a Black man for seven(?) years". His words, not mine.

    So just wait. In time he will call someone nigger again and hopefully Andy will ban his ass permanently.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 30, 2007 3:48:07 AM

  25. Little Susie Sue (Susan) ...

    NOTHING in my post is AT ALL mentions race at all ... so please keep on topic if addressing a post to me.

    Well dear you and I do not know the boy wasnt gay ... and the rumors are that he was. With those rumors out there Mr Dungy is an asshole to show up at an anti-gay event.

    Even without the sympathy inducing dead son this man is an asshole for associating himself with them. Oh it was the front office ... he knows nothing about it. RIGHT!

    Posted by: rjp3 | Jan 30, 2007 8:51:13 AM

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