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now the Bible is all you need-in golf?

by wchurchill Tue Apr 10th, 2007 at 03:20:18 AM EST

There is a majority of America that I think is very difficult for Europe to understand.  It's very visible in America, and was highlighted on our TV screens in of all places, one of golf's shrines, the Masters.  Forget the coaching manuals -- now the Bible is all you need, as reported by an obviously sceptical London Times (sorry, I don't know how to do that pink Murdoch alert thing):

Back at home, in an increasingly secular nation, there were probably groans aplenty. Another American winner, another sermon. "He was with me every step of the way," Zach Johnson told the CBS reporter within minutes of becoming Masters champion. And then a little later: "Being Easter Sunday, I felt like there was certainly another power that was walking with me and guiding me." Johnson would also talk about the ball-markers that his wife, Kim, had specially made for him. On one is inscribed two verses from Matthew vi, on the other is a passage from Proverbs about the Lord "making your paths straight". There is no advice about how to keep your drives straight.

"Regardless of what happened today," Johnson said later, "my responsibility was to glorify God and hopefully He thinks I did." For many, such benediction is exhausting and an almighty turn-off. For others it is an inspiration. Here in the United States, though, it is so commonplace, it barely merits a reaction. Christianity has a huge influence within professional sport, and possibly none more so than on the American golf tour.

My sense is that most Europeans can't understand or relate to this at all.  IMO, it is one of the great cultural divides between the US and Europe.  Not a cultural divide that we see on this website, btw, as this side of America is barely represented here.

it's like the grammies used to be, no?

it'd be amusing to see the wimbledon winners ascribing victory to thor.

it seems about the same level of weirdness...

histrionic faith-thumping is a tribal recognition cry.

say the right lines, with appropriate fervor, and your visa for the new jerusalem is stamped ok.

it seems so contrived somehow, so unreal.

so far from the story of a radical social revolutionary/healer-shaman.

still, compared to the dominionist (better termed 'dominATIONist) -authoritarian tali-xtian invasion of the political system in america, its dogwhistles emerging in sport seems quite minor.

still a disturbing symptom, so thanks for the diary.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2007 at 05:29:17 AM EST
it'd be amusing to see the wimbledon winners ascribing victory to thor.

Recently heard on the radio that the Aesir-worshippers in Sweden was going through the process of getting official recognition as a religious assembly. So in due time perhaps...

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Apr 10th, 2007 at 09:13:51 AM EST
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Right you are, it does seem horribly contrived to me.
I also wonder how people preaching God's word from the sporting podium think that they are being received by the audience?

I always groan whenever somebody comes out with a great long gush about God and how he has given them a gift and guided them.  Why is he doing it for some people and not others?

What's wrong with recognising individual talent and hard work?

I just find the whole bible bashing charade so farcical, I'm glad it isn't a European way!

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2007 at 11:37:06 AM EST
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"i'll populate this place called Earth with Men of Good Aim that will worship me by getting little balls into holes, in green pastures... or something."

I wonder if these people envision heaven as one big golf course...

by Torres on Tue Apr 10th, 2007 at 11:09:23 AM EST
Well, I don't know about you, but I tend to invoke Jesus frequently when I golf.

As in "Jesus Christ! Are you alright? I was aiming for the green, I swear!"

(With apologies to actual golfers. I don't even have a green card.)

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by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed Apr 11th, 2007 at 08:31:58 AM EST
Recommended reading from the Irony Department:

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 11th, 2007 at 09:24:18 AM EST

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