An amusing tale from the world of sports, which I generally regard with absolute indifference. Oakland Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson intercepts a pass in the end zone, celebrates by dropping to his knees and flamboyantly thanking God*, and is promptly penalized. “”I’m just getting on my knees giving my respect to God. I don’t see how that’s a personal foul or anything like that,” he complains. But it appears that religion is not the culprit after all here. It would seem the NFL passed a rule three years ago prohibiting showy end-zone celebrations on general principles. Now the writer of the linked article makes the point that, religion notwithstanding, the problem here is that it’s a stupid rule in the first place, and one that the NFL doesn’t bother to enforce consistently. But even that misses the point. Christians will run with anything that lets them play the persecuted minority. You can bet that Kirk and Ray and all the fundagelicals who enjoy whipping up fear in the flock by whining about how Christianity is being “criminalized” in America will soon be adding “And the liberals won’t even let football players praise Jebus in the end zone!” to their repertoire of repression. Yawn.
* The spectacle of sports stars constantly thanking God for their victories, as if the creator of the universe wouldn’t have anything better to do, reminds me of the joke where the coach is talking to his team before the big game, and he warns them, “This is going to be a tough one, boys. God is on their side!”