From, as reported in the Daily Beast:

"Looks like Tim Tebow will have his Sundays free for now. He was relieved of his quarterbacking duties by New England Patriots on Saturday because of his failure to develop before the start of the regular season. His 11-of-30 passing performance just didn’t cut it. The athlete who inspired Tebowmania in Christians throughout the country is expected to be just fine though, no doubt because of his faith. “I'm blessed, because of my faith, that I don't have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future," Tebow told reporters this week when asked if he was concerned about his lackluster performance.

No more Tebowing (at least for now).  Why did it not occur to him that if "God" really exists and favors him he would have made sure Tim performed superbly and, if not, maybe Tebowing was a worthless pursuit. Of course, had he become the greatest ball player in the history of the NFL, he would not reasonably conclude "God" had anything to do with it.

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Why ruin good beer?  [I PRESUME it was good beer and not, say, Genessee, right?]

I don't know if he is a good football player or not, he is certainly a good grandstander. If I were a christian, I would feel embarrassed for him. As an atheist, to me he just looks like a show-off. I know, I'm not very nice!

Joan, we non-believers don't have to be "nice."  That is where I disagreed with the humanist movement and terminated my subscription to their most prominent, best-written magazine.  To me, humanism is too much like "christianity," the term I use to designate pre-Pauline, pre-Constantine religion, itself now called Christianity with a capital "C."  christianity (small "c") is a "religion" (actually, like Buddhism, a moral system) based on empathy, charity, compassion, etc.) but without the turn-the-other-cheek nonsense. The famous Satanist, Anton LaVey, pointed out that if you turn the other cheek, your enemy will slap that one, too. Ted Turner said Christianity was "a religion for losers."  Both of them were right. LaVey, unlike Turner, did not recant when the media came down hard on him.

But you are completely correct about Tebow being a show-off. Now we know that his grandstanding is all he actually had going for him.  It's not enough.


Mindy, that's the Achilles heel of the UU philosophy.  There are many other aspects that I find attractive.  But the "all religions are good" idea is intellectually dishonest.  What is good about the abuse, misogyny, racism, homophobia, mob mentality, thoughtless judgementalism, hypocrisy, narcissism, logical inconsistency, useless diversion or resources, forced compliance, lack of insight.....

One more schmuck who was more show than he was go heads to the sidelines.  I might say that the Canadian Football League might go for him, but at the same time hope that they have more class and talent-consciousness than that.  Tebow's prayers on the sidelines and bible verses on his under-eye patches are just one more demonstration that irrational belief is just that - IRRATIONAL - and has as much to do with one's performance in the real world as a hole in the head.

Tebow can go suck eggs for all of me.

I imagine he will become a megachurch pastor.


Some schadenfreude is a good thing when applied to self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, narcissistic displays of religiousity.


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(photo from here) "Taming of the Donkey" by Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala.  1868.

Oh.  Sentient, I thought it might be called "Get your ass into that church right now!" -- something I suspect more than a few recalcitrant kids have heard.

Jerry - perfect re-title!

Can I quote the bible on an atheist website!  You all know me well, so maybe....

In the words of Jesus

◄ Matthew 6:5 ►
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."

Hell, as it comes to praying in public, Rick Perry makes Tebow look like a piker, particularly with that prayer-a-thon he held in Houston a year and some back.

I can't help but notice, too, the correlation with some politicians between reliance on biblical "wisdom" and a certain lack of nuance in their political opinions.




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