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On Tebow, McCoy and Faith in Athletes

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After the recent debacle in Cleveland where yet another sports star revealed a cruel and manipulative side to millions who thought he was different, there now arrive two new quarterbacks in the NFL to take the place of Kurt Warner and to add to the ranks of folks like Drew Brees who are wonderful on and off the field, and made so in the latter case by their commitment to God and the commandments of a life lived as though God is real and very much interested in the choices we all make on this planet.

One, thank goodness, is with my club, the Cleveland Browns. Colt McCoy is expected to play much this year, but with Joe Thomas and a great core group of young athletes, the Browns will soon be reminding everyone that Cleveland is a football town first and foremost, making the forgetting of the other guy much easier.

The other arrival is of course Tim Tebow. Sadly, Tebow now plays for the Broncos, which along with the Steelers, the Bengals and the Ravens, are the four horsemen of the football apocalypse for Browns fans, and probably the most feared of the bunch because of their cruel hold over the Browns in playoff memory.

Tebow is the subject of the most clicked upon article in today’s Denver Post, where the newspaper has worked overtime to find someone who hates him because of his deep Christian faith.

Imagine finding a Bronco fan who hated a black athlete because of his race. Would such a story see the light of day? Would that bigoted fan be in any way held up and even celebrated as just one side of a debate that will rage for a while among sports fans?

There is no doubt an anti-Christian fringe among the NFL fans, though I suspect my family’s experience growing up is far more representative of America –you went to early Mass and then you left for the hour drive to the stadium. I am sure the NFL has some research hidden away in a drawer, but the percentage of football fans who believe in God and celebrate Tebow’s and McCoy’s faith and the faith of thousands of other athletes has got to be a large, supermajority.

Media types, by contrasts to athletes and ordinary sports fans, are going to be decidedly areligious in their personal practice and often anti-faith in their agenda journalism. I don’t know the reporter, Electa Draper, but I sure would love to know her position on the life issue. This article may just be part of that low tradition of using a fan to say what you want said, no matter how crazy the fan.

It won’t bug Tebow. And similar articles won’t bug McCoy any more than they have Brees or Warner or many other leaders who know what they believe and why. In fact our shared faith teaches that hatred by many in the world is to be expected and even welcomed as an evidence of a faith lived transparently.

What does bug me is that, at least on occasions not involving the Browns, I am going to have to cheer for a Bronco.

And because of that, I think everyone should have to watch this video.

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C Sends Shudders Through Ds: The Approach of the U Turn Election

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The overwhelming rejection of Obamacare by Missouri voters –71% of the Show Me State voters said no to Obamacare– is an enormous story, one that ought to dominate the MSM today and through the week. Obamacare hasn’t gained fans –it has gained committed activist enemies who will punish the Democrats who jammed it down the country’s throat. Those same activists are listening to GOP candidates who pledge to repeal and replace the disaster for American health care.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

“The citizens of the Show-Me State don’t want Washington involved in their health care decisions,” said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The measure, which seeks to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, includes a provision that would change how insurance companies that go out of business in Missouri liquidate their assets.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cunningham said at a campaign gathering at a private home in Town and Country. “Citizens wanted their voices to be heard.”

A special interest spokesman could only summon up weary resignation to give the New York Times: “While we’re disappointed that Missourians didn’t vote against this, we think the courts will ultimately decide it,” said David M. Dillon, a spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association.

Mr. Dillon is hoping the courts decide to keep the monstrosity against every indication that the public is trying to shrug it off like a flea-infested coat.

John Fund notes in his Political Diary entry today that Democrats are running out of hope that the economy would turn around in time to provide some kind of counter narrative to the president’s disastrous first two years and Nancy Pelosi’s four year run as queen of the House.

From Fund:

“The environment still looks exceedingly bad for Democrats,” concludes Charlie Cook, the Beltway’s leading political prognosticator. Last week, his newsletter raised its seat-by-seat prediction of GOP gains in the House to between 32 and 42 seats — Republicans need 39 seats to take control. But Mr. Cook says the national mood against President Obama and Congressional Democrats is “suggesting [even] bigger numbers. The wave is still the wave and it still looks pretty strong and unabated.”

This is the bed the Dems have made –skyrocketing unemployment, massive and ineffective stimulus spending presided over by corrupt Congressmen like Rangel and Waters, the takeover of GM and now the financial industry, and a refusal to extend the Bush tax cuts or anything about their expiration, thus sowing confusion and paralysis throughout the economy, all the while ignoring border security and attacking Arizona.

And as a quilt on that bed –their signal achievement, their most precious handicraft– is Obamacare, which has been rejected in a real vote by real voters in a crucial swing state by a 70% landslide.

Won’t the MSM be stunned. What would they have said at Journolist? Attack another few pundits as racists?

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More on the Mosque at Gorund Zero

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Dorothy Rabinowitz continues the smashing of every liberal piety argument offered on behalf of the mosque at Ground Zero, even as left wing and liberal elites rally around the project, and the 70/30 divide so perfectly described by Arthur Brooks in his book, The Battle.

Every MSMer should be asking every candidate for every race whether the mosque ought to be built and why or why not. The issue has quickly joined the defense of the border, AZ 1070, the unemployment morass-economic malaise-looming and massive tax hikes as well as Obamacare as drivers of the next 90 days. Democrats will duck the question if allowed, while Republicans ought to know who to answer, which is provided here.

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Analogies for the Ground Zero Mosque

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Francis Beckwith offers one.

Another from a caller to today’s show: As though the United States Air Force built a museum honoring the Army Air Corps in Hiroshima.

This latter suggestions is off because it compares a just use of force by America against Imperial Japan with the unjust attack on America, but it does convey a sense of how terribly inappropriate the Mosque at Ground Zero would be if it in fact is built.

Please send other analogies to hugh@hughhewitt.com.

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