In an astonishing feat of hypocrisy, a Muslim NFL player has been penalized for kneeling and touching his forehead to the ground after a touchdown. “Unsportsmanlike conduct,” the officials say — were they afraid that he was going to unleash the terrible power of Allah against the other team?
But of course Tim Tebow could engage in even more blatant acts of conspicuous piety with no sanctions, other than that people laughed at him. I guess It’s OK If You Are Christian. In a secular country, we wouldn’t give a damn what magic rituals athletes personally invoke, much less discriminate against one myth and promote another.
It’s also rather sanctimoniously hypocritical for the Christians backing football to be sending out people to risk traumatic injury and chronic brain damage for the glory of wealthy team owners.