I just read a poll that said 43% of Americans believe that god helps Tim Tebow win.
I'm not joking. That's an actual poll as reported here.
This might sound like no big deal. After all, it's only football.
But that's exactly what makes it a big deal. Nearly half of all Americans think that there is a supreme being, an all-knowing, all-powerful creator, who actually takes an interest in the National Football League. This has wide-ranging ramifications, such as:
1. These people believe that the same god who helps the Denver Broncos does so while tens of thousands of innocent children die an agonizing death from preventable diseases every single day. So, that means that they pray to, worship, and even love a god who helps millionaires throw and catch footballs at the expense of poor, dying children. That's obscene. No, wait, it's OBSCENE. Some things deserve bold caps.
2. It also means that they believe football is so important to the world that the supreme being has a vested interest in influencing the games while standing with arms folded watching all of the other horrors of this world. If god can be deemed a football fan, then he must also be a fan of child rape, murder, genocide, and starvation, to name a few.
3. Further, these 43% have to also believe that Tim Tebow did something to upset god during the last three weeks of the regular season, when Denver lost three straight games.
4. If they don't believe that Tebow did something wrong those last three weeks, then they must believe that the Christian god isn't powerful enough to influence something as trivial as football game.
5. Finally, if Tebow loses against Brady, who isn't as fervent a believer as Tebow (or at least he doesn't make a show of it), those 43% must admit that public displays of faith (ie, "Tebowing") are NOT god's preferred method of worship.
All this aside, I think that believing that there's an invisible man in the sky who helps a quarterback win football games is rooted in either idiocy or wickedness, or some combination of the two. For, as Sam Harris so ably and often points out, he would have to be either sadistic or incompetent to act in such a way. And that can't be argued, at least not by these 43%