It may come as no surprise to you if you are one of my regular readers here or in other venues that I have no dog in the Super Bowl fight on Sunday.
If the Kansas City Chiefs were in it, I'd probably watch, but only out of a sort of vague civic duty. If I watch whoever is playing Sunday, it'll be mostly by inadvertence unless I happen to be hanging out with family or friends who insist on having the game on.
NFL football, I've decided, is a brutal game that harbors misogynists, encourages needless violence and winds up giving brain injuries to otherwise-healthy young men -- all for profit.
The case for making that vicious game illegal is not as strong as the case for making boxing illegal, but a case against pro football can be made, nonetheless. As for boxing, if what happens in the ring happened outside the ring, all the participants would be arrested. Case closed.
But because the Super Bowl is played -- like most NFL games -- on a Sunday, some people insist on asking silly theological questions about whether God cares who wins.
Theology professor Richard Mouw, in his "Civil Evangelicalism" blog for RNS, raises that very question in this post.
Mouw concludes that "God cares much about how the game is actually played. And it is not simply about how the players treat each other as competitors. It’s also about the physical prowess that is on display in a well-played game."
Well, Okay. If God does care about humanity, as all the major religions assert, then I guess it's right to say that God cares in the way Mouw suggests. But it's such an obvious conclusion that it seems like a waste of time to make it.
Beyond that, it's starting to seem like a waste of my time to point that out. And of your time to be watching me waste my time over other people wasting their time.
Let's leave it at this: Go, Royals. Go, Cubs. If God has any sophisticated taste about pro sports at all, it has to be about baseball, the beautiful, graceful game I sometimes call baseballet.
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BAD POLISH HOLOCAUST LEGISLATION MOVES FORWARD
Now the upper house of Poland's parliament has passed a ridiculous bill making it a crime to blame Poland for what Nazi Germany did in Poland in the Holocaust. A couple of days ago, The Kansas City Star published this online column about this matter by Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and me. It explains in more detail why this proposed law is so problematic. To become a law, Poland's president needs to sign it, and he's reported to be in favor of it.