On Sunday night, the Baltimore Colts beat the New England Patriots, 38-34. In an interview after the game, the head coach of the Colts, Tony Dungy, declared (like so many dull jocks do) that "All thanks goes to the Lord." Oh, does it really?
The Colts players busted their asses all year long to make it to the Super Bowl and all thanks goes to the Lord? Hmmmm. Hey, Tony, doesn't some of the credit go to the players? Even if he disagreed with that wild premise, perhaps he could at least show some respect to those players who are not Christian or (gasp!) not religious at all. But the holier-than-thou certainly can be pushy, can't they?
You see, religious people become excruciatingly annoying when they imply that everyone believes (or should believe) exactly as they do. Hey, Tony, it sure is super-duper that Jesus Christ has made you a happy fellow, but guess what....Some of us think your beliefs are nonsense! But we'd never say that (how impolite!) until you start slinging your personal views about like it's all simple, irrefutable math! Don't be such a bore, Tony. Instead, give 110% (or whatever it is that jocks do best)!
And if this coach truly believed God was responsible for assuring a Colts win, doesn't it follow then that God cared more about a football game on Sunday than easing some misery in Darfur, Iraq, or New Orleans? Actually, if the good Lord cared a whit about the people of New Orleans he would have prevented the Saints from getting thumped by the Chicago Bears! And here's what all the Christians say to points like these: God has his reasons. But of course he does.
I never hear Buddhists or Jews imply that their religious beliefs are the only valid ones. Why can't more Christians and Muslims follow this humble lead? For instance, why is it that everyone who wants religion taught in public schools wants it to be their own religion exclusively? I'd ask Rick Santorum but, well, he apparently changed his D.C. address.
It was obviously the Golden, Invisible Unicorn of Zanzibar who decided the Patriots should watch the Super Bowl on televison this year. If a coach said things like this he would no doubt be swiftly fired. But spout off about an invisible, bearded guy who lives in the clouds behind some "pearly gates" and the frothing faithful nod knowingly, approvingly, and "patriotically."
Sorry, I'm not drinking that Kool-Aid...