The Not-So-Sacred Heart
Original post made by Community Member, Atherton, on Jan 28, 2009
The obvious question: which team mocked, taunted, and capitalized on the other team's failures, mistakes and physical appearance, the secular school'Menlo School)'or the school based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who also purportedly believe that an all-powerful god is watching their every move'Sacred Heart Preparatory School? By now, you guessed it: the not-so-God-fearing God-fearing group.
While a relatively harmless example'it's not like they were burning women to death for casting spells or telling people who they can and can't marry'this is yet another data point that suggests that either:
a. religious-based ethics does not necessarily supersede that of the non-religious or,
b. the religious simply don't believe what they claim.
Regarding the former option, it's been said that, 'Without religion, everything is permissible.' (This is actually a mis-quote, mis-attributed to Dostoyevsky.) This clearly isn't true, though, as demonstrated in last night's 'sportspersonship competition.' The mission statement of Menlo's athletic department alone includes the promotion of such virtues as: humility, character, integrity, respect for competitors, and emotional control. This is the opposite of what we saw from the religious example last night as well as countless other sporting examples such as the aptly named religious private school in Dallas, Covenant, who recently received national attention by drubbing an extremely inexperienced team 100-0 while continuing a full court press throughout the game and shooting three-point shots even near the end, or San Diego Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers who, with Bible verses referenced on his face, still outwardly mocks other players repeatedly to the point of receiving numerous 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct. At times, one really does wish they would ask 'What would Jesus do?' in a non-rhetorical manner and then actually do that'it would certainly adhere to the ethos promoted on Menlo's secular site.
It must be, then, that the religious simply don't believe in the stories of Jesus, or certainly not in an omniscient supernatural being, watching their every move, and deciding the fate of their souls. Were this the case, it's hard to imagine an entire group'parents, administrators, and students'mocking high school athletes, especially when the non-religious down the street are setting a more Christ-like example simply based on core humanistic values. Kids will be kids, certainly, and no one is perfect, but when eternal salvation is on the line and God is watching, it seems like that would be good motivation. Or maybe not.