The obvious question: which team mocked, taunted, and capitalized on the other teamï¿½s failures, mistakes and physical appearance, the secular schoolï¿½Menlo School)ï¿½or the school based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who also purportedly believe that an all-powerful god is watching their every moveï¿½Sacred Heart Preparatory School? By now, you guessed it: the not-so-God-fearing God-fearing group.
While a relatively harmless exampleï¿½itï¿½s not like they were burning women to death for casting spells or telling people who they can and canï¿½t marryï¿½this 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 donï¿½t believe what they claim.
Regarding the former option, itï¿½s been said that, ï¿½Without religion, everything is permissible.ï¿½ (This is actually a mis-quote, mis-attributed to Dostoyevsky.) This clearly isnï¿½t true, though, as demonstrated in last nightï¿½s ï¿½sportspersonship competition.ï¿½ The mission statement of Menloï¿½s 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 Chargersï¿½ 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 ï¿½What would Jesus do?ï¿½ in a non-rhetorical manner and then actually do thatï¿½it would certainly adhere to the ethos promoted on Menloï¿½s secular site.
It must be, then, that the religious simply donï¿½t 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, itï¿½s hard to imagine an entire groupï¿½parents, administrators, and studentsï¿½mocking 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.