This thread is more mocking than disagreeing IMO, but I do think that Hall is delusional.
What I don't get is why we have to mock anyone for being different. Sure, for your standards, you may think he is delusional, crazy or whatever, but mocking is just another form of bullying.
And it seems to be OK to all jump on the bandwagon and get that mob mentality going. So the guy is different. In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter to anyone here? Has his statement affected you adversely? At the end of the day, does mocking a total stranger make you a better person? A more important person? Do you have such a need to feel superior and oh so better?
I can understand people not being comfortable with someone else evangelizing--that I get. Everyone has their own beliefs/nonbeliefs/whateverbeliefs. And goodness knows when I see a pair of well dressed people on my doorstep with a Bible in their hand, my first reaction is What I don't get is the need to denigrate any person for what they believe/don't believe or how they choose to express that.
"Me, cutie/chicken, the egg cup, I am the hammer of my spoon!"--Jen_Faith translation
TG, I understand your frustration. I am really tired of people perverting the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of religion to mean that nobody can criticize what they say.
Athletes who are very vocal about their Christian beliefs know that some people aren't going to care for it. But they also know that lots of other people are going to become supporters precisely because of what they are saying about their faith. Tim Tebow is a prime example. There are people, including some of his own teammates, who don't care for how repeatedly vocal he is about his religion while he's playing football, but there are lots of people who have become big fans of his because of it.
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
"Love is better than Anger, Hope is better than fear" Jack Layton 1950-2011
Sometimes people come across sincere and sometimes not. Sometimes they come across as arrogant and annoying and sometimes not.
I have no doubt that Tim Tebow's faith is genuine. However, maybe because he plays a team sport and some of his teammates are tired and annoyed by his persistence when he's with them, I find him a bit on the arrogant and annoying side.
Look, it's the Olympics. I want to read about sports here. This thread isn't talking about Ryan Hall's chances in the marathon, if anyone's seen him training, how his chances are to either medal or place high in the standings. It's been derailed to argue about religion. Best as I can tell, he didn't go to CNN and demand to have them do a story about his quest at the Olympics, they came to him. So he told his story. And now it's getting sneered at.
It's not how I would train were I competing at such a huge event, but it's how he's choosing to do it. Like it or not, he's asking God for help. I cannot figure out why this is such a contentious issue. You think he's an idiot, many people don't. LET IT GO.
The thread is about him and his coach.
Other coaches are mocked as well