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Christine241 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 12:20 PM
I read the transcript, and feel Oppenheimer looked for a weapon to use against the belief of Christian athletes and coaches that they are doing t heir best to honor Christ in this sport. This is ALWAYS the goal of those who go after Christians. Referees are hired, trained, and paid to call the results of the plays. Just as it is unsportsmanlike for players or coaches to complain when the call goes against them, it would be foolish of them to do the refs job and 'tell on themselves.' It is not in the rules that players must tell on themselves, so how can MO insist that they should? The game would descend into chaos and silliness if they did so.
Christine241 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 12:26 PM
PS: I am not a football fan and do not watch this sport, but if there is some major problem of referees not seeing what happened, that is a problem with the referees. It would seem the issues are pretty cut and dried, the lines are clearly marked, dropped footballs are visible, 'unnecessary roughness' has to be pretty obvious. So it seemed to me that MO's whole 'shouldn't they tell on themselves' issue was a giant RED HERRING, designed to assume this happens all the time and Christian athletes are letting it slide in order to win. I question that assumption. I wished, Hugh, that you had called him on that. Is this a real problem in football: Refs who make stupid calls? Then that should have been addressed, since it is the REFS job.
Christine241 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 12:31 PM
While I am on the subject, how often do 'bad calls' happen in football? And what is the accepted norm for the opposing teams when this happens? Are they expected to accept the referees opinion, respectfully, knowing that sometimes it is for them, and sometimes against them? Is that what sportsmanship dictates? I expect bad and good calls do happen, but how often? i expect all teams get each. It seemed grossly unfair that M.O. even came up with this as an issue, like he thought it was so clever of him, trying to hoist the Christians on their own petard. Take THAT away from him, and you win this hands down.
Christine241 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 12:36 PM
BTW, 'conservative' Judaism was invented by the Sabbatians, Frankists, and Illuminati Satanists to 'conserve' and retain the ritual, while totally chucking belief in God and obedience to the Torah. It is Judaism with no belief in the God of Israel. The goal was to eradicate true Judaism. So it is not as if M.O. just hates Christianity, he also has an axe to grind against the God of his fathers. Sorry to get personal, but bonesmen owe their fealty to something much darker from what I have read.

Sports Illustrated has come to my mailbox for nearly 40 years. I hope it comes for 40 more. But I also hope whomever is assigning the stories in the future begins to think more about the readers than their political and social agendas.

Super Bowl week featured a cover of a praying Ray Lewis rising from the water, and a cover story by New York Times’ religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer on Christians in the NFL. The story was enough to cause PJMedia writer Andrew Klavan to declare he would not renew his SI subscription, and most serious Christian...