Hey, since everybody's tired of talking about Tiger Woods, let's go with politics! You may have heard there's this whole little battle going on about a Muslim community center being built in the vicinity of Ground Zero. (Aside: Keep up with all news by adding Yahoo!'s Upshot blog to your daily reading. You'll notice it's got a very familiar look to it.)
Anyway, here's how this story intersects with golf. Wei Under Par has found a Facebook post by LPGA Hall of Famer and ambassador Carol Mann in which she ... well, just read:
OK, without taking a position on the issue myself, I can see where this might cause a few problems for Ms. Mann. She's one of the most visible faces of women's golf in the sport -- just check out her resume here. And as a special ambassador of the World Golf Hall of Fame, she's just gone and taken a stand against a large segment of the world's population, some of whom no doubt might be future golfers.
So, community discussion time here. Should a person in Mann's very public position put forth potentially divisive opinions? Or are a person's religious beliefs above reproach, speculation or criticism? Does Mann have an obligation to be more inclusive because of her position as a special ambassador, or should she be free to express her own views without consequence? (Remember, this isn't a free-speech issue. She's perfectly welcome to say whatever she likes without fear of being thrown in jail. But the First Amendment doesn't apply to economic or career consequences for one's speech.)
There you go. Have at it.