Oceans of ink have already been spilled chronicling the exploits of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, not only for his heroics on the field the past two months but also for his devout Christianity. Tebow isn’t shy about his religious beliefs and he’s certainly not the first athlete to pray to God.
In this country, nothing, not even God, is more popular than football. Even in the wake of a summer long labor dispute, 23 of the 25 most watched TV programs this fall have been NFL games. When you combine the religion that is football with the religion that is religion, the mix can be dangerously flammable.
Dangerously flammable, as in the mayhem this jerk says could follow if the Broncos improbably win the Super Bowl.
First, it appears Hammerman’s judgment is clouded some by his devotion to the New England Patriots.
While the Patriots are adored by their fans (myself included), to many nationwide they are regarded as the Sons of Darkness, with their perfectly coiffed Hollywood quarterback and their brilliant – one might say diabolical – hoodie-clad coach. And, oh yes, the most identifiably Jewish owner in sports. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Bob Kraft are all upstanding citizens, moral exemplars in their home communities, but in this Oberammergau of the Rockies, they are playing the role of Pilate.
Indeed, upstanding citizens like Tom Brady, who left his girlfriend while she was pregnant with their child for his current wife. And Coach Belichick, who was named as the other man in a nasty divorce several years ago.
But hey, according to the rabbi, these guys are pillars of the community. But those wacky Christian followers of Tebow? Who know what horrors they can unleash?
People are always looking for signs of God’s beneficence, and a victory by the Orange Crush over the blue-clad Patriots, from the bluest of blue states, will give fodder to a Christian revivalism that has already turned the Republican presidential race into a pander-thon to social conservatives, rekindling memories of those cultural icons of the ‘80s, the Moral Majority and “Hee Haw.” The culture wars are alive and well, and, if the current climate in Washington is any indicator, the motors are being revved up for what will undoubtedly be the most cantankerous Presidential campaign ever. When supposedly well-educated candidates publicly question overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change and evolution and then gain electoral traction by fabricating conspiracies about a war on Christmas, these are not rational times.
Wait, what? What does so-called climate change have to do with anything? And “Hee Haw”? Is this some bigoted cultural reference to Southerners?
He’s right, though, these are not rational times. And this column is concrete evidence of that.
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
So crazed former “Hee Haw” viewers who don’t believe in the “overwhelming scientific evidence” of climate change are ready to unleash their fury upon unsuspecting Muslins, gays and illegal aliens?
A reminder: This is not a parody.
It appears this Hammerman is merely a far-left crank who happens to be a rabbi. He diminishes the good work of non-political rabbis and pretty much anyone of faith. He should be ashamed.
He also posted this idiocy at his blog, and is already whining about the reaction. It won’t be long until he’s playing the victim.
My Tebow piece is generating the expected outrage from the evangelical right (cant’ wait for Jews to begin chiming in!)
Well, I’m not on the “evangelical right” and I find his column to be an ugly diatribe against Christians, football fans and anyone of faith who doesn’t riot, burn mosques and bash gays, which is pretty much anyone in America.
Anyone who follows this rabbi needs to seriosuly consider finding somewhere else to worship.
Ironically, after this deranged screed, you’ll note it states priot to the comments:
Be civil; name calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected.