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Chris Kluwe, a punter for the Minnesota Vikings, is the talk of the internet for a letter he wrote to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr., which has been published in full of Deadspin.com.
Kluwe’s missive is a blistering, heartfelt, erudite and frequently profane response to another sent by Burns to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to silence Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage. (Yahoo has published that letter.)
Among the more memorable passages, Kluwe asks Burns, “[W]hy do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you?”
“I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life,” Kluwe writes. “They won’t come into your house and steal your children.” Kluwe then uses far more graphic language to describe the things that won’t happen to Burns should gay Americans earn the right to marry.
The letter is a runaway hit, clocking close to 200,000 hits on Friday evening.
And it’s gotten the attention of the mainstream media: Kluwe has tweeted to his 60,000 Twitter followers that he is scheduled to appear “on MSNBC tonight around 8est on the Ed Schultz Show.”
“My guess is we talk about secrets to successful tabletop miniature gaming,” he adds, winkingly.
Tune in tonight to see Kluwe speak his mind on live TV.
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