Sports Illustrated claims in a new article that “American Democracy” is being assaulted by both “faith and football.”
But the article is really just an opinion piece devoid of sports and journalistic merit.
At issue is a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court, with a decision now pending, about a high school football coach who prayed privately on the field until his school in Bremerton, Wash., threatened to fire him unless he stopped.
He didn’t stop. Instead, he publicized the case, chastised the school and prayed more publicly. He got fired as a result.
The case is being fought out by the two sides: The school district being represented by lawyers from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the coach being represented by First Liberty, a law firm that upholds the practice of religion in the public square.
Far from showing that democracy is in danger, the case highlights how American democracy actually works.
The two sides are working their way through the legal system as they take the case to the Supreme Court for a decision.
In reality, the SI article demonstrates how progressive politics is the biggest danger to sports, not public prayer.
Using loaded progressive le motifs such as “powerful right-wing machine,” “white Christian nationalists,” “white Christian fragility” and rhetoric that blamed “Donald Trump’s presidency, his proposed Muslim ban and anti-immigration stances,” SI hides its attack on “American Democracy” behind “legal scholars” such as Laurence Tribe, the legal adviser to Barack Obama who was appointed to the Department of Justice in 2010 as Obama’s Senior Counselor for Access to Justice, with all the progressive implications of the title.
That SI goes on to claim that the legal scholars, two of whom refused to be named, plus Tribe and another scholar who described himself as an atheist, “hold no vested interest in the outcome” of the case, shows that SI itself has a vested interest in the outcome of the case.
What seems to be bothering SI is the same thing that seems to be bothering Laurence Tribe and other progressives.
Since Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, Tribe contends that there has been a “systematic packing of courts with judges” who uphold conservative ideas on prayer.
Tribe’s rhetoric and SI’s endorsement of it is a strange way of describing a 42-year process where conservatives have taken back control of the courts in the exact manner described under the Constitution after decades of liberal ascendency.
If anyone is attacking “American Democracy” it’s the progressives when they claim that the mere exercise of power by conservatives in America, as in the case of appointing Supreme Court justices, is always and everywhere an attack on “American Democracy” by white nationalists, who love Donald Trump, hate Muslims and immigrants—legal or illegal.
SI should stick to sports journalism as one of the last bastions where Americans can unite behind the ideas that make our country great.
It wasn’t that long ago that Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, relied upon his convictions to sign Jackie Robinson — not just because Robinson was a great player, but because Rickey was an early advocate of civil rights as a devoted religious man who often prayed in the public square.
That times have evolved and some don’t feel comfortable with prayer that’s done in public is a legitimate question of public interest.
That the Supreme Court may uphold a long tradition of prayer in the public square- or reject it- isn’t an attack on democracy, just as SI’s article on the case wasn’t an act of journalism.
Denying a coach the right to pray on a field privately isn’t the moral equivalent of ensuring a Black man has the equal right to compete on the baseball field.
And the sooner SI realizes this, the less damage they will do to sports.
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No—in danger due to a lack of it.
So true. HAD he been taking a knee and peeing over the flag or taking a leak while the anthem played, the left would be CELEBRATING him.
There are no professional sports any more. There is an entertainment industry where not walking their walk and their talk will get you off the playing field. and now we have no sports magazine, just another political outlet.
sports illustrated is best used for my cat box and bird cage.
to me its not even worthy of that.
Why are you mean to your pets, lol.
In reality, the Sports illustrated article demonstrates how progressive politics is the biggest danger to sports, not public prayer.
Sports illustrated should stick to sports journalism and stay completely out of progressive politics.
I doubt they know what pure journalism is anymore..
” FENTANYL, ” Is Killing AMERICA AND ITs Youth While The elite of The Democrat Party Ridicule Religion and Its Principles.
Karl Marx on Religion as the Opium of the People
Illustration of Karl Marx With Open Book
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By Austin Cline
Updated on January 07, 2019
Karl Marx is famous — or perhaps infamous — for writing that “religion is the opium of the people” (which is usually translated as “religion is the opiate of the masses”).
Or As Bill Maher once said,” Religion Must Die In Order For Man To Live .” I’m Sure Nancy Pelosi And Joe Biden Would Agree.
Sports Illustrated Goes Overboard In Claim ‘American Democracy’ Is In Danger Because Of Prayer
John Ransom, Accuracy in Media | Jun 17, 2022 |
Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.
We have an American Democracy because the founders were men of faith and of prayer. Some were deists, not tied to any particular sect and often not publicly demonstrative of what the believed, but definitely in a higher and greater power than that of their own. The left, progressives, believe in themselves, and what they offer is nothingness, empty and shallow; is it any wonder they object?
Many of those on the far left should read about what the capital building was used for during the time that THOMAS JEFFERSON was in office, the capital building was actually used as a church as it could hold many people at one time. Those on the left today would all have either strokes or heartattacks or would just cease to live.
Those on the left and with the DEMONcrats only follow one master, they follow satan and what he says. Those that follow satan are bound to do evil to those they work for. The party of demons is just that a bunch of demons either in disguise or possessed one way or another the party of demons is doing this nation wrong on many levels.
“ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ” King James Version (KJV)
MATTHEW 6:24 KJV “No man can serve two masters: for either h…
According to democrat elite there is two cathlic faiths, One Cathlic religion for Such elite As herself And A Cathlic faith for The Common Class which can’t Take Communion if they are for ” Abortion Clinics, Such as ” Planned Parenthood. “
About the only thing that can save America is prayer, it’s so far down the skids thanks to Dem destruction!