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Dabo Swinney Bails On Social Conservative Group

COACH CANCELS APPEARANCE DUE TO “POLITICAL CONTROVERSY” || By FITSNEWS || Last month this website reported on Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney‘s decision to address a socially conservative organization. “Yet to be determined?  Whether he will fly to the event … or just drive there really fast,” we…

COACH CANCELS APPEARANCE DUE TO “POLITICAL CONTROVERSY”

|| By FITSNEWS || Last month this website reported on Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney‘s decision to address a socially conservative organization.

“Yet to be determined?  Whether he will fly to the event … or just drive there really fast,” we wrote.  “Also yet to be determined?  How Swinney plans on juxtaposing his view on paying college athletes with the whole ‘render unto Caesar’ bit.”

Sadly we’ll never know the answers to these questions …

Swinney has cancelled his appearance at the Palmetto Family Council’s twelfth annual “Celebrating Families” event, according to reporter Cassie Cope of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.

Swinney was supposed to receive an award from the group – the 2015 “South Carolina Family Champion” award – and speak to event attendees “about his life and walk.”

Now … not so much.

“I had no idea that I was being invited into a political controversy,” said Swinney, whose program was recently accused of promoting Christianity at the expense of other religions.

Hmmm …

As much as we poked fun at Swinney over his attendance at this event, we’re a bit disappointed by his decision to bail.  First of all, it’s rude.  Second of all, last time we checked he has the right to express his personal religious views free from discrimination … even if his views advocate for what some would view as discrimination.

Oh well …

S.C. House minority leader Todd Rutherford – who criticized Swinney’s decision to address the group last week – praised the coach’s reversal.

“We applaud Coach Swinney’s leadership and foresight on this very important issue,” Rutherford said.  “It’s a testament to his character as an individual and coach. This is a sign of the significant progress the state of South Carolina has made with respect to tolerance and equal rights.  I hope others follow Coach Swinney’s lead in standing up to groups like the Palmetto Family Council who seek to make discrimination legal and acceptable.”

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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86 comments

Bible Thumper May 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Dabo Swinney receives Stallings Award
http://www.wyff4.com/sports/Dabo-Swinney-receives-Stallings-Award/33233216

Dabo is running out of space to keep all his awards. Would Steve Spurrier mind if he stored them in the University of South Carolina’s trophy case as long as there is all that available space?

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a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

You might want to hold off on bringing Spurrier’s name in there, what with a Heisman trophy, All-American status, 1996 national championship and what not.

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mamatiger92 May 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

None of which happened at USC-E. Hence the room in the trophy case.

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exactly May 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

just as no one at Clemson now has anything to do with all but 1 trophy, and that year it proved to be a meaningless one. The kind they give out at little league for participation

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JacquiChan May 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

A BCS bowl trophy is equivalent to a little league participation trophy?

exactly May 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

When you didn’t even earn a spot in the game to start with it is. There were 5 teams ranked higher than Clemsux, (one of which was USC that beat them that same year too). but due to rules not allowing more than 2 teams from a conference which allowed them to back door into it. That proved without question the game pretty much was only as equal to a normal conference alignment bowl game.

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Did Clemson set up the selection rules? Did USC-e by virtue of being in the SEC agree to the selection rules? So if you have a complaint, take it elsewhere. So the fact that Clemson “got in thru the back door” is the reason THE OSU lost?

exactly May 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

It means the trophy isn’t worth all you taters think it is. Fact 5 better teams couldn’t play. Fact Clemson wasn’t the beast team in its division, conference or state that year. Fact you got in the back door and never deserved to be there (and you know it). Fact you didn’t even beat their starting line up at full strength. Should I go on?

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Braxton Miller says Hi!

E Norma Scok May 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Wasn’t he transferring to USCe or something? EVerybody wants to be a ‘cock, amiright?

hahahaha

exactly May 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

and he was hurt. he barely played. thanks for making MY point. face it you had no business there and you tainted the BCS to make it meaningless even though you try to claim it to be so important (and again you know its true).

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Yes we was hurt….after Clemson’s LBs put a hurting on him. Face it, USCe has never played in and never will play in a BCS game. You can bitch and moan all you want to but that ship has sailed. So just be satisfied with all the SEC football championships USCe has won.

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Oops! That should read “Yes he was hurt”

exactly May 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm

just keep acting like Clemtech belonged in the game and didn’t tarnish it so bad they changed the whole system. The Taters didn’t win the conference, division, state, and weren’t even ranked in the top 12 at the time to play. You can keep acting like it meant something to anyone outside of upstate SC.

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm

So you admit that Clemson is the most powerful college football team. Why else would the whole college football world scrap the BCS system just so Clemson couldn’t get back in. Now explain to me why USCe never even got a sniff of a BCS game.

exactly May 28, 2015 at 6:29 am

In no way does that say or imply that. I knew you were stupid. The system changed because a team so bad with no reason to be there was allowed to tarnish the level the bcs was supposed to be by getting to play it before 5 other teams better and more deserving. It caused it to be like a typical conference alignment agreement bowl game, and therefore was so tarnish they changed it to what is now. Only an idiot tater would have heard “clemtech does be good” from what I said. Thanks again for proving MY point.

CNSYD May 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

Suggestions for “exactly”: (1) buy a dictionary (2) then look up the word sarcasm.

exactly May 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

The problem is you weren’t being sarcastic. You and all other Taters really think that.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

You DO realize Clemson won the game, right?

RIGHT?

#soybeanwind May 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

2005 SEC Coach of the Year. 2010 SEC Coach of the Year. 6 Hardee’s Trophies, 5 bowl trophies. Think before you type, dumb bitch.

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#soybeanwind May 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Dabo doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as Spurrier. As usual, a tater can’t let yet another embarrassing story about their retarded cheerleader go without mentioning Spurrier. Those are some real impressive awards Dabo has racked up. Is the trophy case next to his Gamecock countdown clock? THE USC doesn’t matter is what you say, but your coach, and you, can’t stop thinking of them! HAHA!

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CNSYD May 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

Dabo needed more space for awards so Spurrier gave him the USCe SEC football championship trophy case since they had no use for it.

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GinormousTau May 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I hear the whitney hotel has some good rates when college football programs are looking for space to rent

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sparklecity May 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

From the articles & postings I’ve read on this site (and others), it appears that football IS a religion in South Carolina and Texas………………….
And that of course that explains a lot about both states…………….

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Bible Thumper May 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

If there is no football in Heaven, we ain’t go’in.

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dot the I May 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Football is a religion in South Carolina? My Lord.They are lucky to turn out ONE player a year that can play and be an impact player at a Top 20 program.

With less than 300 high schools it is slim pickins…and why Clemson and the Shamecocks live a life of football misery….

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E Norma Scok May 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Speak for yourself, Gamecock.

Or buckeye, as your name would refer. If you’ll remember, Clemson beat Ohio state the last time they played.

And for the love of God, go back to Ohio.

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0-4 vs. this state May 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

so did South Carolina

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Torch May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

They fired the coach right after that.

Bible Thumper May 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Record: Clemson 2, Ohio State 0

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dot the I May 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Thought this might help:
Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State top producers of talent for …
http://www.cleveland.com/…/notre_dame_usc_ohio_state_top….
The Plain DealerApr 29, 2015 – Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) rushes against Iowa. … and Ohio State have produced more players for the NFL Draft than any other … All-time, USC has had the most first-rounders (77), followed by Ohio State(69), … of draft in 1936, including when selected, college and selecting team.
Ohio State ranks third nationally for NFL Draft picks both all …
http://www.cleveland.com/…/ohio_state_ranks_third_nationa….
The Plain DealerMay 5, 2014 – College football Top 25, ranked by the number of selections in the NFLDraft both all-time … CLEVELAND, Ohio – USC and Ohio State have produced morefirst-round NFL Draft picks than any other school in the … Over the last decade, USChas had both the most first-rounders (15) and picks overall (69).
Ohio State football: Why the 2016 NFL Draft could be a …
http://www.cleveland.com/osu/…/ohio_state_football_nfl_draf...
The Plain DealerMay 4, 2015 – Michigan State, another team the Buckeyes beat last year, had a first rounder in … possible to not look great against Ohio State, but still be a really goodfootball player. … He feels the Buckeyes have just as much, if not more talent, thanthose teams. … “No question Ohio State is a team that’s going to be well …
NFL Draft results showing how scary-loaded Ohio State is …
http://www.sbnation.com/…football/…/ohio-state-2015-nfl-draft-201...
SB NationMay 1, 2015 – We know Ohio State was college football’s best team last season. …Now we’re learning that, among the few players the Buckeyes did lose, none … multiple first-round holes to fill while the defending champions have none. … Ezekiel Elliott had more rushing yards than any other returnee else anywhere, …
Kramer’s Korner: Ohio State’s Quiet NFL Draft Day Should …
bleacherreport.com/…/2453503-kramers-korner-ohio-sta…
Bleacher ReportMay 4, 2015 – By Adam Kramer , National College Football Lead Writer … In total, the Buckeyes had five players drafted. … Ohio State will likely have both for one moreyear. … that the Ohio State you watched last season will look a lot like the team …who could impact the Pac-12 more than any other this year—even if the …

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CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Cleveland aka the mistake on the lake. Is the lake still on fire?

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm
mamatiger92 May 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm

boom

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back to back May 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

FYI USC is also 2-0 vs. Ohio state

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Tre B. May 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Just… wow… square peg, meet round hole on this story and the not-even-remotely-related stories mentioned and linked to in this story….

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Victorious Secret May 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

What I said on the last article written about this.

“Pretty sure “render unto Caesar” is used to justify the paying of taxes as lawful. I’m not sure how I see the parallel to paying athletes.”

Yeah, I know it’s cheesy to quote myself. However, Will does it all the time. Additionally, the author clearly didn’t read my comment on the prior article and research their improper reference to Caesar.

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All That's Missing May 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Now you just need to start referring to yourself as “we” and you are set.

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mamatiger92 May 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

In the words of Inigo Montoya… “You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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Victorious Secret May 28, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply
FastEddy23 May 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

That “render unto Caesar” is biblical. Back then Caesar had a Flat Tax of one part in twelve, about 8%, plus whatever the local taxsuckers could scam from the masses. The biblical “render” thingy was really meant to mean “render only unto Caesar”.

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a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Way to go, Dabo.

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guest May 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

S.C. House minority leader Todd Rutherford – who criticized Swinney’s decision to address the group last week – praised the coach’s reversal.
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2015/05/27/dabo-swinney-bails-on-social-conservative-group/#hzKxsgWSZK1FD2xw.99

The radical gay and homosexual perverts won again with their threats of boycotts,lawsuits and intimidation.Shame on you Dabo.

Won’t go on forever.People are figuring out how demented and evil this movement is.

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a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Your world is over. Done.

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CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

is face outing himself?

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a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

I don’t happen to be gay, but many, if not most, of the gay people I know tend to be very bright, witty individuals. You can imagine that I would prefer their company over people who believe the earth is 5,000 years old.

fc May 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

LMAO!!!! Never met ANYONE that says they are gay….or voted for Obama….

Ashamed much?

a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Really? I know lots of people who are out.

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Doesn’t surprise me at all. You are known by the company you keep.

a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm

No doubt about that, and the company you keep covers up possible homicides and trumps up criminal charges against individuals who challenge their authority. Let’s see: CU and / or former CU administrators being sued for $50 million in the Hipps case, $15 million by Troutman, and hundreds thousands, if not millions, by a former women’s soccer player. I hope you made your donations this year.

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Anyone can sue. It is who prevails that counts. Now exactly how much have the above plaintiffs collected thus far? Troutman has already been told to stuff it in federal court. His ambulance chaser will continue to milk him dry. Their only hope is that Clemson will tire of their nuisance suit and give them a sop to go away which will include NO admission of wrongdoing on the part of any of the defendants.
Now explain to me your allegation of “possible homicide”.

a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 9:29 pm

No one who observes an ACCIDENT plots for 6 hours on how to cover it up, erasing all cell phone messages and the like. Someone will eventually talk. On the other matter, now that Troutman has filed a second suit for $15 million, he and his attorneys likely have what they need. Oh, and in regard to how much the plaintiffs have collected so far, they personally may have collected nothing, but Clemson has spent no less than $2 million in legal fees. The lawsuits have overwelmed their own legal department and the university has been forced to hire expensive defense attorneys from the outside. That’s the great thing about our legal system: When people assume they can abuse power, there are opportunities for private parties to have their day in court.

CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Next time Troutman goes to the grocery store or the gas pump I don’t think whatever Clemson has spent on legal expenses is going to help him pay his bill.
What happened to “homicide”? Did you drop it? IRT the 6 hour “plot” how do you know? Do you have access to the LE files or have you had direct conversations with the alleged perps?

a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm

There are basic facts in the Hipps case that are known. If you kept up, you would know those have been established. Quotes include “That should buy us some time.” As far as Troutman goes, I guess we will simply have to wait and see what happens. Better get your excuses ready.

CNSYD May 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

These “basic facts” are what is contained in official LE records and they have been vetted in open court under oath? If not it is hearsay.

Beartrkkr May 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

You’ve shorted them by 1,000 years…

a face in the crowd May 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

**6,000**

RogueElephant May 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm

You can legalize sin but it is still sin. I answer to a higher authority than govt.

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E Norma Scok May 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Apparently NOTHING that Dabo can do will satisfy Fits. Had Dabo gone, Fits would have piled on with the Anti-ghey stuff.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

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Scooter May 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Fits is still butt hurt.

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Ellie May 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

What decent parents would call a kid “Dabo?”

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easterndumbfuckistan May 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

He’s from Alabama. That explains it all.

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CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Folks-Goebbels continues his lie. Dabo never said he was against the stipend system that is being implemented. He said he was against paying players a salary. But to Folks truth is seldom used as it negatively affects his agenda.

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those in glass houses May 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

And you use half truths and semantics yourself to attempt to make you points. That makes you a hypocrite.

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CNSYD May 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm

and they are?

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erneba May 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm

If you make a decision and then “wimp out,” it does not speak well of your integrity.
I am not a religious person, and his decision has less to do with personal morals/religious believes and more to depth of his character. Believing that you can never go wrong by appeasing your critics, leaves your critics in control.

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fc May 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Well spoken.

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nitrat May 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

It shows he has poor judgment to have gotten himself into this mess to begin with.

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fc May 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Please.If he was being honored by a radical homosexual group or a group that hates America you would all for it.

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Beartrkkr May 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

By being given an award?

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E Norma Scok May 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

lulz..he probably had no idea what they were when he accepted. I doubt anyone would know what they did or didn’t do, unless it came out in teh news today.

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nitrat May 28, 2015 at 9:13 am

Oh, I think like ‘Prayer Breakfast’ and ‘Policy Council’, ‘Family Council’ in any organization name likely denotes a connection to the national political group which includes those words. In that case, the Family Research Council (from which Josh Duggar recently resigned).
I think Dabo knew what the group stood for, he just didn’t figure that anyone else would put 2 and 2 together or that the presentation of the award would rise to the top of the media cesspool; he probably gets a dozen awards from this or that group a year – that’s where the bad judgment comes in.
And, btw, why do people really think that the Good Lord gives a rip about who wins a football or any other kind of game? What a trivial God that would be.

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hawk4hire May 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Interesting… Rutherford is discriminating against Christians who have their set of beliefs. Rutherford is simply a bully!

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Scooter May 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm

That little bastard has signed his death warrant in SC

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Bob May 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Poor Dumbo Swhiney looks constipated in that photo! Bet that was a hell of a smell up in the Hill Billy Hills!

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Fred May 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

He’s just pushing out a few more USC athletes.

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E Norma Scok May 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

yeah..we all know that smell in 5 points is roses.

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Manray9 May 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

“(L)ast time we checked he has the right to express his personal religious views free from discrimination…” True, but was he attending this event as a private citizen or as Clemson’s football coach? He was invited and his prospective attendance was touted in his capacity as Clemson’s football coach. That’s the murky line obscured when state officials or employees insist on trumpeting their religion in public. I’m old enough to remember when religion was considered a private matter — a matter of conscience.

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fc May 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Does Barack or Michelle Obama differentiate between private citizen and pResident/fIrst lady when they go all over the world libeling,defaming and speaking evil of America.Who pays for those trips?

What was Michelle when she spoke at Tuskegee and told the students that America is a racist country…that her and Barack are victims of racism…that America is not fair? Who paid for that trip?

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Patriot American May 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Matthew 10:33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

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fc May 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

BINGO!

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euwe max May 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

He who makes long prayer in public to be seen of men have his reward… the scorn of humility.

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euwe max May 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

He who squints his eyes
May be farting or praying
viewers turn away

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euwe max May 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Let no one accuse libertarians of being rude. Shut up is why.

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Taos May 28, 2015 at 6:51 am

If I were Dabo, my take away from this crazy episode would be…. (1) to focus on positive Christian messages for today; (2) to line up speeches with such ideologically aligned groups after retiring; (3) to avoid politicians in general; (4) to absolutely, positively avoid those politicians/people/groups who are hopelessly combatant to your religion and way of life; and, (5) related to number 4, to not take messages, have a conversation with, do anything for Todd Rutherford, and his anti-Christian crowd, ever again (not because of hate, but because there would simply be nothing to discuss). There, problem solved.

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Fecal Matters May 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

Wonder how many Chick-Fil-A chicken sammiches this shuck and jive moron Todd Rutherford puts down his trap every year? Taste the hate Todd? Furthermore, where was his outrage when Ray Tanner was awarded the “South Carolina Family Champion” award?

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