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Green Bay Packer Fans At Lambeau Field Should Apologize To Muslims, Nation

November 15, 2015

The entire world has been lowering their head in a moment of silence or a prayer for the past couple of days following the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris.   In this country throughout the NFL teams everywhere paid tribute before games started with a respectful time out.

But in Green Bay prior to the start of the Packers and Lions game the moment of silence became a moment of incredible shame.

Across social media such as Facebook the first postings indicated something unsettling had occurred once the announcer at Lambeau asked for the moment of silence.  One of my friends wrote “How embarrassing for WI…national TV audience…the Lambeau announcer ask for a moment of silence for Paris…then there proceeds to be five seconds of idiots yelling from the stands…”.

Within minutes others around the nation were noting on social media that there were Green Bay Packer fans saying things like, “Death to Muslims” and “Muslims suck.”

There is no way not to feel embarrassed and pained by the actions of those knuckle-dragging cretins who shouted pure bigotry.  It not only reflects poorly on the fan base of the Packers but more importantly stains all of Wisconsin.

After the third loss in a row Packer’s quarterback Aaron Rogers took to his presser with some strong words.

“I think it’s important to do things like that, we’re a connected world, you know — six degrees of separation,” Rodgers said. “I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”

The narrow-minded fans in the stadium did not deserve a Packer win today after such an outlandish display.  To add insult to injury the comments were aired on national television.  That is definitely not the way I want my state portrayed to others!

Green Bay Packer fans should now make a concerted effort to follow in the fashion of Rogers and repudiate the stupidity and shallowness of those who chanted hate speech about followers of one of the main religions in the world.  Packer fans should step up and show the nation they too are repulsed by the actions of those who shouted today.  They should also state they understand that jihadists are not representative of Islam, or that those who have bastardized the Koran are in any way the vast majority of believers.

This incident in Green Bay underscores why it is necessary to use caution when labeling or describing the terrorists.  To call those like the ones who created hell in Paris as   Islamist terrorists is a wrong path to take as there are too many among the lowest common denominators in this nation who clearly can not differentiate between the faithful and the jihadists.

That was made perfectly clear today in Green Bay.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2015 7:19 PM

    No, Robin, The audio proves there were more than one!

  2. Robin M. permalink
    November 16, 2015 4:00 PM

    It was ONE person in the stands – it could have been a fan from either the Packers or the Lions. YOUR bigotry is showing!! I think YOU owe Packer fans an apology!

  3. November 16, 2015 2:42 PM

    Just minutes ago while having a late lunch I watched live from Paris where Sec. of State Kerry spoke with eloquence to the horror which happened and to the need to unite going forward. And he spoke the correct term for the jihadists–that being daesh.

  4. November 16, 2015 2:40 PM

    I am not more mature. I just am not xenophobic or willing to bash all of the Islamic faith as so many are willing to do either out of stupidity as witnessed in Green Bay or by politicians hoping to score with those who need red-meat in their discourse.

  5. tom permalink
    November 16, 2015 1:39 PM

    In WWII we were able to say that we were at war with Nazi Germany. We, of course, knew that not all Germans were terrible–even some of the Nazis were not terrible. Somehow we got through it.

    As you are so much more mature, perhaps you could explain the difference.

  6. November 16, 2015 10:33 AM

    Pk would also have us believe that on the grassy knoll in Dallas in ’63 there lurked a Viking fan , too….

  7. Ben permalink
    November 16, 2015 8:58 AM

    I don’t think it reflects poorly on anyone. Who carried out the attack? A Shinto? A Buddhist? A Jew? No, it was a Muslim. So the statements “Muslims Suck” et al are very appropriate. Sorry, this is the reality. Actually, sorry I’m not sorry.

  8. November 16, 2015 7:19 AM

    Why do you assume it was a Packer fan? Ho do you know it was not a visiting Lion fan? Finger pointing without facts Deke is that what you have learned from the NY Times?

  9. November 16, 2015 6:47 AM

    It was obviously not my aim to get a mature reaction from you on this matter. Your views of Islam are repeated often in your comments. But there are very real reasons that our government and many others around the globe do not speak as you do. There is a real international threat that has long been developing that requires those who do follow Islam to be our allies. That there has been a desire by conservatives to use the term you write does not meet the needs of the time in which we live. That is being underscored week by week. For the second Sunday in a row the front page of the New York Times and above the fold in each case used the term Daesh to describe the group that is the cause of the current terrorism. And for sound reasons. A sober-minded way moving forward must be taken in regards to what needs to be done, and by all means it must be shown –and I would hope genuinely understood and felt—that Islam is a proud faith with a long tradition that should and must be respected. To then have yahoos who shout “Death to Muslims” at a major sporting event or have a commenter like you use a term that encompasses all those of the Islamic faith under some bloody banner is not only factually wrong, but also dangerous for the worldwide mission that we must now be engaged to stop the jihadists.

  10. tom permalink
    November 15, 2015 10:40 PM

    Lol! Who then decides which people are “fit” to hear the truth? Do you have some sort of test in mind? It is a fact that they were Islamic terrorists. Deal with it!

    Most of us know that “the faithful” just want to be left in peace and that they are not going to harm anyone. Sure, they despise homosexuals and see women as second class, lesser humans responsible for all the sins of men, and tend to look the other way at honor killings or cutting off the hands of thieves or heads of thieves or apostates, but they would never, ever open up with an assault rifle or lob explosives into crowds of hostages.

    We must all be ashamed of the ” actions of those knuckle-dragging cretins who shouted pure bigotry.” But I have to wonder if this is anywhere near as upsetting as it is that some threw explosives into crowds of hostages to kill them. Are you waiting for some expression of shame or regret from the people of the countries who radicalized the attackers? But the Packers should apologize? LOL!

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