Just before the game on Sunday, I was talking with a friend in Israel, and relating my angst over the problem with the NFL.
Yossi was incredulous. It has hard for him to believe that something as ‘all-American’ as a Baptist church should be discriminated against. He’d spent a lot of time in the US, and his impression of Baptists was positive, so he couldn’t imagine anything other than a financial motive.
This WASN’T helping my angst.
You know how it is. You’re upset about something, and your best friend just doesn’t understand it? (Of course, it wasn’t Yossi’s fault. And frankly, I’ve done the same thing to HIM. So, fair is fair.)
So, I was in a bit of a growly mood when I went out to walk the dog, and was still in a bit of a growly mood when I came back. THEN, I come in to find out that the Bears had scored their first touch-down while I was out with the dog. If I’d have been watching, it wouldn’t have happened. (GRRRRRRR!!)
I’m blaming the dog.
But, back to my angst.
My conversation with Yossi got me thinking about why I’m so upset by the NFL’s attitude towards a little Baptist church called Fallcreek Baptist Church, and the answer finally hit me yesterday.
Israel. No, really.
Thinking back, I have found that the same people screaming bloody murder about Israel, are the same people screaming bloody murder about evangelical Christians. They pronounce pious platitudes about justice for the oppressed Palestinians, and then go on to a different forum and piously pontificate on the evils of evangelical ChristianityÂ in society.Â To these people, Israel and the Bible are a blot onÂ humanity and a barrier to human progress.
How do I know these people? Some of them were my professors. OthersÂ are writers and ‘philosophers’ who have anointed themselves as oracles of virtue. (I love Noam Chomsky. A doctorÂ of Linguistics, who claimsÂ an expertise in International Affairs. What incredible gall.)
Do I know the lawyers that went after Fallcreek Baptist Church? No, but I don’t have to know them. They identify themselves by their sanctimoniousness. And that holier-than-thou attitude sickens me, especially when it’s used to abuse those who are doing the best they can in a bad situation.
I guess that Israel and Fallcreek Baptist Church have something in common.Â
By the way, thanks K for pointing out the bad links in the previous post!