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Even as former New York Giant Michael Strahan and team owner Steve Tisch have publicly supported legalizing gay marriage in New York, another former Giant isn’t climbing on board: wide receiver David Tyree, most famous for his 32-yard helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII that helped the Giants derail the New England Patriots’ perfect season.
Tyree hasn’t done much since that play, and is now trying to reclaim the limelight using vile, homophobic, hate-filled language.
Tyree the Tyrant’s crusade began Wednesday, when he told the National Organization for Marriage that gay marriage would lead to “anarchy.” How exactly a law allowing a new group of people to live together and build stable homes would lead to anarchy was never clearly explained.
Tyree also asked rhetorically, “how can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda … and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country?”
Tyree’s ambiguous comments about the non-American origins of marriage notwithstanding, marriage hasn’t been an unchallenged institution for thousands of years: it has been an oppressive and repressive force for thousands of years.
Homosexuality isn’t new; it’s been here since forever. We know that ancient Greeks and Romans engaged in both what we would call homosexuality and pedophilia. We can assume from the Bible that homosexuality must have been pervasive in the Middle East, because otherwise the authors wouldn’t have needed to ban it. There are historical records of homosexuality in ancient China, Japan (which may have gotten it from China), Africa, and even the Americas.
Homosexuality can be found all over the globe, and chances are homosexuals felt the same feelings of exclusion and alienation in heterosexual-dominated society back then that they do now. Approving same-sex marriage isn’t about helping out a minority that’s gained political clout in the last couple of decades – it’s about finally making up for millenia of oppression.
Tyree justified his bigotry with religion on Monday, saying, “Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs.”
Ah, religion. Can’t win an argument with logic? Say an invisible super-powered space alien told you to do it. But wait, you can’t call it that. That sounds crazy! We need a new word for the source of our hatred. How about “God?” Short, simple, way less crazy sounding. Let’s run with it!
Tyree says he believes God commanded men and women only to marry. Well, I was an honest-to-Space-Monster religion major in college, and I went to religious school from age 5 to age 18. I’m pretty sure I read something about God creating man and woman in His (I could write another 750 words on the problems of that pronoun, by the way) image. Let me look it up.
Here we go! Genesis 1:27 (King James version): “So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Anyone see the word “straight” in that sentence? No? Then doesn’t it make sense that homosexuals were also created in God’s image? If there is a divine being who created us and gave us a code of behaviors, it would seem that homosexuality is a divinely legitimate part of humanity’s sexual spectrum. Oppressing it, therefore, goes against God’s wishes.
It’s possible God created all people, but then wanted some to oppress others. If that’s the case, that’s a pretty mean-spirited, petty God you’re worshiping. I prefer to believe in a God that wants us to make each other’s lives better, not worse.
David Tyree is a hateful, ignorant human being whose understanding of both history and religion are deeply, deeply flawed. He fell in love with celebrity after his catch, and when his career floundered he decided this was the means to reclaim it.
“Perhaps God orchestrated that play to give me a platform for what I’m doing here today: To urge political leaders all over our nation to reject same-sex marriage.”
No, David. God didn’t give you that play so you could spew hate. He gave you that play so you could have a moment of joy in your otherwise meaningless career. If you really want to give that play back, God and all of New England would accept it.
But we’d approve gay marriage just the same.