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Should Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas’ plight for ‘religious freedom’ be put on hold?

Published on February 8, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

Tim Thomas generated thousands of reactions on Twitter on Wednesday.

Last time it was about politics. This time it’s about religion.

From his Facebook page:

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Folks on Twitter — more or less — are having a field day with this new material.

From Down Goes Brown:

“Let’s compromise: Tim Thomas can keep posting controversial political views, but he has to do it on Google+ where nobody will ever notice.”

While many others would rather see Thomas tone his views down and play hockey, while keeping his profession and views separate. Then, there’s the other half who applaud his exercise of freedom of speech.

My take: I appreciate Thomas’ background and underdog story as much as any other hockey fan. He was the bigger man in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo was pegged as the unfavourable between the two as being more candid with his thoughts, relationship with the media, and, of course, Thomas not “pumping his tires.”

It’s unfortunate, according to some fans, that Thomas is creating an off-ice diversion. No matter the political or religious view, I think most of us would rather just see Thomas stick to what he does best: stopping pucks.

Is retirement the better time — without team representation — to promote activism, in regards to political and religions causes? One former Boston athlete recently considered running for office, if you recall.

Thomas does the city of Boston justice by his work between the pipes alone.


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