|We can have scantily-clad cheerleaders, but we can't have this|
My husband, who has a talent for getting under my skin at just the right time, insists on watching the Penn State-Nebraska game. The commentators just reported that Joe Paterno hasn't been sighted today, but two young men were seen entering the yard at his home and kneeling down on the ground in prayer with the same reverence they might in a cathedral.
Maybe if more people got on their knees for the right reason, outrages like the one that has Penn State in its grips wouldn't be so commonplace.
Meanwhile, after the prayers of petition, the priest who said Mass today took the opportunity to comment on the Penn State scandal and to remind us to pray for the victims. I don't know if this scandal rises to the level of needing special mention at Mass, although it's certainly not wrong to ask people to pray for the innocent who were violated by a pedophile.
The fact that we hold some sports figures as icons on a level with the Almighty tells us all we need to know about priorities.
Meanwhile, in the NFL, there has hardly been a more scrutinized rookie quarterback than Tim Tebow. You know why? Because Tebow is not afraid to display his faith. God forbid, we can't have that in America. We can have the Kardashian wedding, and the Conrad Murray circus, and we can award a multi-million dollar contract to a dog killer named Michael Vick, but what we can't have is an accomplished young athlete giving God the glory on the football field. Nope, we'd rather have risque touchdown dances and players taking each other's heads off.
So long as more people remain more committed to football and Hollywood than they are to their faith, this lunacy will continue.