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.

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?

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