Salon writer finds Gabrielle Douglas' faith 'unnerving'; followers find her inspiring

The cynics out there already suspected that the Gabrielle Douglas love fest couldn’t last forever. A gold medalist at 16, she’s amazingly talented, positive, self-confident, All-American and charismatic — the perfect fit for the Corn Flakes box. It’s all too good to be true, though, isn’t it? There must be some flaw. Is it her hair? No, that’s just silly. Her “outspoken” faith? Bingo.

Next up to piss in the corn flakes: Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who frets that while Douglas is entitled to her faith, does she have to be so … out and proud?

Douglas isn’t exactly the only outspoken Christian in America – or even the only high-profile Christian athlete…. But her newly minted status as a champion and her unguarded outspokenness about her faith are going to give her a new platform from which to preach. After her win Thursday, Douglas said, “I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me.”

She’s a 16-year-old with both deep faith and profound gratitude, a girl who yesterday tweeted from the Psalms to her followers, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me” and Friday sent out a retweet from the Faith in God feed. And that clearly authentic image of a hardworking girl with strong values makes her a natural icon to her fellow Christians, just as it makes the somewhat less faithful uncomfortable.

You, out there in the Twitterverse … admit it. Isn’t Gabby Douglas making you uncomfortable, just a little bit? Can’t we just relax and enjoy our Chick-fil-A kiss-in in peace without all of this preaching?

Would the rest of you retweeting Douglas’ quote about God’s blessings mind keeping it down? You’re unnerving people, and this is a public forum.

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Wait, who was it again who was made so uncomfortable by all this God talk? Ah yes, it was one of Williams’ unnamed colleagues, who said to her, “I would like her more if she were not so, so, so into Jesus.”

Gabby, don’t you want people to like you?

  • John Gallagher

    Hmmmmm – not to be too cynical – but the young lady in question is from the South and most likely “raised in the church” as African-Americans usually say – why would her faith be a surprise????

    When even the most coked up drug addled African-American rapper at any musical awards show thanks “the Lord Jesus Christ” for their win – why would it be surprising that this young lady would do the same???

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Cynical? Nah.

      But I’m sure all Blacks, Southerners and church folk in America are thankful that you cleared that up for everyone.

      • Dan SweetTea Gaines

        Absolutely priceless!! ROFLMBO!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/gretschdad gretschdad

      “coked up” What decade is this. The 80’s?

    • Romans 8:39

      Got H8 John?

  • J.N. Ashby

    Ok. So suppose the critics of Ms. Douglas are right. By that token, Margaret Court was right for saying that Martina Navratilova wasn’t a good role model for girls because she’s a lesbian (Which is untrue. She was a fine role model). There’s your two-way street. Accept the other side, or shut your face about her religion.

    • $22639970

      “By that token, Margaret Court was right for saying that Martina Navratilova wasn’t a good role model for girls because she’s a lesbian (Which is untrue. She was a fine role model).”
      That’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it, regardless how wrong you are.

      • J.N. Ashby

        Which opinion?

  • Patrick Creeden

    Hey liberals, it’s real simple: Don’t like her outspoken faith? Change the channel when she comes on, and don’t read what she tweets. Simple, ain’t it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583887891 Daniel Jones

      They can’t change the channel, they are compelled to watch NBC one of their liberal guard dogs.

  • Love of Country

    Why don’t we all take a moment to compare the quality of life in the black community (for example) of those who live christian values against those who don’t. You won’t find a greater contrast in all of the universe.

    It’s simple … the DNC is DESPERATE to remove God from the black community (and the public at large) because so many of those who live Godless lives are absolutely consumed with dysfunction and far, far more likely to lead the unfulfilled and predictable lives of welfare dependency. These dysfuctional people are the folks who the DNC likes to call “straight ticket voters”. And we all know straight ticket voters are the ultimate goal of the historically and chronically racist DNC …. it’s certainly not the well being of the black community who 99% of the time tends to be much better off living christian values than those who have lost their religion to the ever oppressive, and now fascist DNC …. God help us!

    BTW – Ms. Douglas appears to be as sweet and cute as a button …. why would anyone ever try to change her and what would they try to change her into? (rhetorical)

    • Dwayne Jackson

      Very well said.

  • omicron123

    A curious case of christophobia, exposed.

    • Skevvy

      Christophoba. i like that. how about a more general term that covers everyone, call it Theophobia, (or does that sound too much like fear of a certain chipmunk?) Faithophobia?

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

      Christophobia. Fear of the artist Christo? /snark

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

      Christophobia. Fear of the artist Christo? /snark

  • http://twitter.com/BLeFonque Buckshot LeFonque

    May God Continue to Richly Bless Gabby Douglas! Excellent, Gabby you are the best!

  • http://twitter.com/Booker_TW Booker T.

    Could you leave the girl alone and let her enjoy her success? From one issue to another. This libs just can’t leave an issue alone. It’s like those dogs from the movie Up. Squirrel!

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      And that will be their downfall. Let’s take a gander at just the last couple of weeks:
      Look! Mitt’s pet horse!

      Look! Mitt’s taxes!

      Look! Gun Control!

      Look! Chik-fil-a!

      Look! Gabby!

      They don’t have the attention span of a gnat. This should work out well for conservatives come November….

  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    Gabs, Don’t worry about it. You go, girl!

  • FromNJ

    Man. Some folks just can’t stand that people believe in God. Get over it!

  • Romans 8:39

    “Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who frets that while Douglas is entitled to her faith, does she have to be so … out and proud?”

    Funny, I never see them say that about gay people.

    God bless you Gabrielle Douglas!

    • AFMomXs2

      I was thinking the same thing !!! They want to force us to swallow (pun intended) their gay garbage but they refuse to accept christians for their faith and values… and THEY are supposed to be the ones who love everyone ?? HA !!

    • kenc1101

      I didn’t’t see anyone screaming “too out and proud” at the kiss-in at Chick-fil-a yesterday. Pick and choose. Pick and choose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    Salon still exists ? Show’s God’s mercy to me.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      I think the same about Rolling Stone Magazine too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZIWNUHYFNPB7TXZHIPICIQ6WE Michael

    You should ask yourself why something so positive makes you so uncomfortable.

    Also, you should compare and contrast her “love-fest” with your hate-fest.

    If Gabby understands the Gospel, people not liking her is hardly a price to pay.

    • Charles Lee Allen

      AMEN

    • David Reed

      And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake Matthew 10:22

  • ozconservative

    In the words of Eric Liddell, the subject of “Chariots of Fire”:

    “God made me for a purpose – for China. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

    • http://twitter.com/writebrainrd writebrainrd

      Chariots of Fire still resonates with me today, and helped me on my path to finding Christ. Let’s all keep the faith—and remember to rest on Sunday!

  • http://warrencbennett.wordpress.com/ Warren C. Bennett

    The thing these people don’t understand (Or maybe they do understand it and it fills them with fear) is that Christ died for them just as much as he died for us. Forgive them for they really don’t know what they are doing, although I’m sure they think they are witty and wise. That isn’t to say we should ignore them, but forgive them. God willing they will come to see the light, someday.

  • EdChombeau

    If she was a Muzzy; the liberal ‘s would applaud

    • MichaelCarl

      You’re absolutely right about that Ed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jo-Anne-Wymer/100000325030631 Jo Anne Wymer

    Go GOD – Go Gabby! No matter what anyone says – He is watching, joyously pleased by your accomplishment. For you are His child and His face will shine upon you.

  • Terry_Jim

    Crediting God for your successes is a proper, humble thing to do.
    It keeps you in right relationship with Him.
    “Hey, you can’t credit God for your success! It offends me.”
    is the ultimate in “You didn’t build that!” hubris.

  • http://twitter.com/RichardDupriest Richard Dupriest

    When is someone from the Left doing to ask her how she feels about gay marriage?….just saying.

    • Dan SweetTea Gaines

      And then they will act in complete and utter shock at how one of our Champions of the Olympics is a hateful bigot. They would probably also mention something to the effect that she doesn’t understand inequality or injustice that the LGBT minority faces daily.

  • Dwayne Jackson

    Why isn’t Mary Elizabeth Williams complaining about the gays being so out and proud?

    • http://twitter.com/gretschdad gretschdad

      come out of the closet, then complain.

      • Dan SweetTea Gaines

        And the wittiest comments a left-wing lib can come up with when it comes to talk of Christians is (drumroll please)…….gretschdad. Congrats. You are awarded the Trophy of True Tolerance.

        • http://twitter.com/gretschdad gretschdad

          anytime teabagger, witty will never be your problem.

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            It’s none of our business what gretschdad has done to him in the privacy of his own home, but I sure wish he’d watch his terminology around here…

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            It won’t be her problem because she’s already witty. You, however, well…Time to stop watching MSNBC, eh champ?
            Thanks for playing, Statist.

  • http://twitter.com/RichardDupriest Richard Dupriest

    @google-c8958d25a8278f9e02f6e4caf7babae7:disqus they can’t it’s like a train wreak to them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.baranowski1 Thomas Baranowski

    They don’t fear religious followers, they fear that there is a God and they don’t follow, understand or have faith from opening themselves to receive him

  • MichaelCarl

    Did anyone notice that the mainstream networks today gave more attention to the failed homosexual protest of Chick Fil-A? But mostly ignored the massive support the chain had on Wednesday?

  • MichaelCarl

    That tells us where the mainstream media’s head is. It’s sold out to radical, social deconstructionist causes.

  • http://twitter.com/gretschdad gretschdad

    Was gonna score a touchdown, until jesus made me fumble.

    • Dan SweetTea Gaines

      He gives us strength in our triumphs and strength in our hardships. Most Christians thank him for the good and the bad in our lives. The bad is a strengthener of faith, but I’m sure you’ll come up with some more witty banter to mock that aspect of Christianity as well.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      I hope your computer breaks.

  • unklbrad

    You know all that stuff that supposedly blew up in the Big Bang Theory? Either God put it there or it put itself there. Either way, it’s an article of faith. Which makes more sense though?!?

  • doc255

    What a wonderful example Gabby has set for many of us and what a conundrum she has created for the tolerant and open-minded lefties. They wanted so badly to make her their heroine only because she is the first BLACK American woman to win an all-around gymnastics medal, but how can they put her on their pedestal when she believes in Jesus—and isn’t afraid to say so?!? Oh, the humanity….

  • William Doyle.

    Well done Gabrielle,shout it from the roof tops.

  • FromNJ

    Another atheist who hates it when someone says that darn “G” word.

  • Dan SweetTea Gaines

    What is the number one trusted breakfast of liberals in America? Rice Hypocrisies! Snap, Crackle, and YOU’RE A HATEFUL BIGOT FOR OPPOSING ME!

  • Dan SweetTea Gaines

    I just realized that the 1st Amendment is working great for us Christians! Every time a lefty opens their mouth, they show just how foolish they are! Man, I love the Constitution!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    The left will never learn. Faith gives up strength.

  • http://www.facebook.com/claude.parish Claude AndPam Parish

    If she said that she were gay and gave thanks to THAT community, SalOOn would have no problem with her.

  • linda

    God bless you Gabrielle for giving God the glory.

    • http://twitter.com/gretschdad gretschdad

      until jesus makes her slip and fall.

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        No one asked for your opinion asshole.

      • truebeliever101

        Jesus doesn’t cause evil, but He would be there to pick her up should some other force cause her to fall.

  • rivers

    I believe that the device that little Mary Elizabeth typed her missive on and the internet that allows people all over the world to read her words on their various devices are all the result of a big bang, a bunch of parts coming randomly together without the help of any agent intellect.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Livewire Matthew Morris

    Just think if the collective heads exploding if she’d said her talent was on loan from G_d.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.dressel.9 Leo Dressel

    Humans are stupid. Especially the humans that would begrudge someone happiness and success because of their beliefs. So what if she wants to thank God after a big win? It is nobody’s business but her own where she gets her inspiration from in order to do what she does. Do you think it is easy to get up every morning, go to practice at O-dark thirty, put in a full day at school, then go back to practice again for hours? Try it sometime. You wouldn’t make it Salon lady, not into the second day. If she gets her inspiration from GOD, so be it. If you want to shout it from the rafters, good for her.It’s your GOD GIVEN RIGHT!!!! I would rather listen to someone delivering an unsolicited sermon in public than have to listen to the rap condoning rape and murder we are subjected to driving down the road everyday. With the way the world is these days, she could quite easily be on crack or meth and have 2 babies at 16. Would that be better Salon lady? I say, keep your opinions to yourself Salon lady, you won’t look like such an idiot. REMEMBER….. IT IS BETTER TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO THINK YOU ARE IGNORANT, THAN TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT!!!!

    • Ellis Hopper

      I’m in Australia and we all think that Gabby D. is an absolutely refreshing delight. Well said Leo. We have done away with God in many of our schools, tertiary and medical institutions and quasi-autonomous non government organisations and made them “progressive” to the point of ill-discipline and, in some cases, almost total lack of standards.Our teachers, police and others in authority, not to mention society generally, are all now paying an onerous price for this “progressiveness”. WTF is progressive about all that? Go Gabby Go !! Shout your humanity !! Shout your faith !! You’re worth more than every Salon lady in the world today. You’re an inspiration Gabby !!
      Ellis Hopper, Central Coast, New South Wales, OZ. (Oi Oi Oi !!)

  • fights

    People in this country are getting fed up with you liberals. Our family loves Gabby and the fact that she is OUTSPOKEN about God and how he has blessed her!

  • Rick Stones

    Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams doesn’t think Gabrielle (or any Christian, especially if they sell delicious chicken sandwiches) should be outspoken about their beliefs… Oh, unless Mary Elizabeth Williams… uhhhh, you know… happens to agree with your beliefs. Then its totally cool. Go ahead and vandalize private property with your childish, mush-brained slogans, have a crack at harassing and criticizing helpless drive-through employees, flaunt your alternate lifestyle with inappropriate public displays of sexuality… That’s all perfectly OK, and stuff.

    “I love the smell of hypocrisy in November. It smells like victory!”

  • Rick Stones

    Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams doesn’t think Gabrielle (or any Christian, especially if they sell delicious chicken sandwiches) should be outspoken about their beliefs… Oh, unless Mary Elizabeth Williams… uhhhh, you know… happens to agree with your beliefs. Then its totally cool. Go ahead and vandalize private property with your childish, mush-brained slogans, have a crack at harassing and criticizing helpless drive-through employees, flaunt your alternate lifestyle with inappropriate public displays of sexuality… That’s all perfectly OK, and stuff.

    “I love the smell of hypocrisy in November. It smells like victory!”

  • bluewaternavy

    Good for Gabrielle!

  • http://twitter.com/mxb95 Michael Brevetta

    We seem to like manufacturing controversies, which track our political views, about which we can argue ad infinitum. Aren’t there more pressing issues?

  • MB56

    This is always a silly debate. Who cares how Tebow and Gabby speak about their faith? I’d much rather hear someone speak of a higher power, than have to listen to and watch egomaniacal idiots like Bolt, Kemboi, and S. Williams do their little victory dances in front of the competitors they just defeated. Whatever happened to showing some “class” in victory?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583887891 Daniel Jones

    I wonder who her “unnamed colleague” was.

  • Moogiechan

    Sure, Libs can insist entrepreneurs give credit to the government when they succeed, but let someone give God some credit and all bets are off! Wait, government is their god…