“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me.
Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the “cause”… Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters VII (Glasgow: Collins, 1942
You must choose, but choose wisely
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
As I have said in the past. I am not the least bit Jewish and can not claim the knowledge of Jewish thought that a man like Rabbi Joshua Hammerman can, but after reading his tirade on Tim Tebow I must conclude he has some real problems and they don’t involve football.
Tebow’s sanctimonious God-talk has led even pious peers like Kurt Warner to suggest that he cool it. Joseph could have used the same coaching.
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
I’m not bothered by this talk as Dwayne Lester is:
For some reason, this Rabbi (yeah, you read that right) thinks that all it will take is a Christian winning the Super Bowl for fellow Christians to turn into frothing, violent hate machines of destruction, and of course, our targets would be Mosques and gays. Oh, and those danged foreigners!
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman somehow believes the moral equivalency nonsense regarding Christians and Muslims. You see, if the Muslims will riot over a cartoon of Mohammed, then surely those football fueled fundies will go into a frenzy over one of their own beating all the odds and winning the Lombardi Trophy.
that standard liberal stupidity isn’t his problem nor is his lame attempt to make the game a “Christian vs Jews” issue:
While the Patriots are adored by their fans (myself included), to many nationwide they are regarded as the Sons of Darkness, with their perfectly coiffed Hollywood quarterback and their brilliant – one might say diabolical – hoodie-clad coach. And, oh yes, the most identifiably Jewish owner in sports.
As a fellow pats fan I assure you a last in the league defense, so full of injuries in the secondary that they might allow Tebow to shine in all four quarters is a bigger problem than how Robert Kraft religion might affect how this game is seen. But as I said football is not his problem. His real problem is this: emphasis mine
Unlike some other blue-staters, I do not fear people of faith. I fear people of certainty. The worldwide struggle going on right now is not between good and evil, but between certainty and doubt. It cuts across denominational lines: Progressive and Modern Orthodox Jews lie on one side of the divide, joining mainline Christians and moderate Muslims; and those on the other side are also Jews, Christians and Muslims; the people of certainty.
Certainty is a problem? Really? You are a rabbi, your religion is based on eyewitness account of the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt. A certainty. The primary commandment of your faith is the worship of God. The certainty of the existence of God should be job #1 as a rabbi yet from this article you seem more committed to global warming than the primary law of your religion?
Yes Rabbi you do have a problem, you apparently have more faith and belief in your liberalism than your Judaism.
Rather than praying for the Patriots you might want to pray on this instead, but beware, you will find that the religion of liberalism is much harder on their apostates than Judaism is.
Update: Shades of trigs crew stuff first the nastiest paragraph disappears then the whole column goes down the memory hold