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Salon and Gabby Douglas’s Faith


When Gabby Douglas exuberantly gave thanks to God after winning gold in the Olympic women’s all around gymnastics competition, my husband knew there would be a backlash. 

Sure enough, Salon published a snarky take-down of the young teenager who has fought through her father’s multiple deployments and her parents’ consequent marital strain. Salon’s critique includes part of a conversation about Gabby that the author had with a colleague who said, “I would like her more if she were not so, so, so into Jesus.”

Iraq veteran David French responds to Salon and explains how Gabby’s faith sustained her through turmoil most Salon writers can’t fathom.


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