Pride in the shadows.

A high school football coach has learned how easy it is to be proud in the shadows.  When your bosses aren’t listening, it’s easy to bravely defy the responsibilities of your job.

Lauderdale County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gray confirmed to The TimesDaily that Lauderdale County High School coach Bob Grisham was being investigated after an anonymous source provided a tape of him allegedly using the slurs.

The audio clip begins with Grisham asking several young men if they knew who was behind the “600-calorie lunches” provided by public schools.

“Fat butt Michelle Obama,” Grisham says. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”

“Big fat gorilla,” a male voice agrees.

“I’m serious,” Grisham continues. “Y’all, our country is, is, is going in the wrong direction.”

“It’s going straight to hell,” another person on the tape adds.

“Things won’t get better until there’s a change in some areas and stuff. And you know what [President Barack Obama's] platform was? Change,” the high school coach points out. “Y’all can get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, you can call the superintendent and tell her.”

“I don’t believe in queers, I don’t like queers,” he continues. “I don’t hate them as a person but what they do is wrong, it’s an abomination against God. I don’t like being around queers.”

Listen to that guy: so proud.  Things are going badly and this coach knows the answer – and knows that the students in his charge need to hear it, damn the consequences!  He doesn’t care who is listening.  Coach Grisham is a hero, you see.

Well, someone did go call the Superintendent, and she got to listen.  It turns out that pride in the shadows is often revealed to be rank cowardice by the light of accountability.

On Wednesday, Grisham explained to The TimesDaily that that he had simply misspoken on the tape.

“I misspoke in a debate-type situation,” he insisted. “I have no hatred toward anyone or any group. People that know my heart, they know that.”

Not so proud of being a bigot now, are you?  What happened to standing up for Jesus no matter what?  When your bosses find out, suddenly your principles take a backseat to self-interest, and our champion of virtue quickly becomes an eager companion to lies.  He did not misspeak.  The sentiments he expressed were precisely what he believes, and precisely the ideas he’d like to see contaminating the minds of his students.

Some of this man’s students are gay, and he just announced that they were an abomination.  Fire him.

And what’s this bullshit about “People who know my heart, know that”?  I imagine those who “know his heart” sit in the pews beside him thinking the same damn thing.  It’s not like his heart is free of disdain – free of self-assurance, so much so thathe should get to choose what consenting adults other people get to love, and it’s his mouth that’s full of hate.  The rot in this man goes all the way up to his brain, stinking of Jesus the entire way.

And the kicker?  This guy teaches psychology (hopefully for not much longer).

(Via Ed Brayton)

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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