If you’re anything like me — and you can’t be, or instead of reading this opinionated drivel you’d be on a lesbian strap-on and domination site — you find the Olympics a nauseating and corrupt freak show of international proportions.
The Olympics have little to do with athletic competition: the real games lie behind the scenes. There are two primary sports. One is a competition of unholy alliances between governments and underwriting entities like agricultural interests, pharmaceutical companies, and other advertisers who sponsor this flesh-fest, and the other is the white-jacketed lab freaks who labor for years to concoct the perfect blend of performance-enhancing and detection-proof drugs. It’s them against the enforcers, another gaggle of eminently corruptible mutants.
So I was amazed to encounter yet another sickening aspect of the Games: the introduction of Christian evangelical fervor!
During the Olympics, [head archery coach Kisik] Lee and at least three of the five United States archers who qualified to compete in Beijing met every morning to sing hymns and read from the Bible, and to attend church together in the chapel at the Olympic Village. Lee believes having a strong faith makes for better archers because it helps quiet their minds. To that end, he tailored Ellison’s Olympic schedule to include spiritual and athletic objectives.
“I give him six tasks a day, including reading the Bible and education,” Lee said. “And he’s doing it…..I just want to show them who I am,” he said. “I’m the witness of Jesus, not just an instructor. So I have to encourage them how, how we can change in Christ.” NY Times
Not hard to figure this game. These poor young athletes, desperate to win the favor of their coach who has almost life and death power over their careers, are pressured subtly or otherwise to embrace his faith as their own.
Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, said Lee’s actions crossed ethical boundaries. “An athlete has a hard time resisting a coach,” he said. “There’s always a fear that you won’t get picked. You won’t have much support if a coach doesn’t like you.”
Yeah, but that’s only tragic if you actually entertain delusions such as (a) most athletes are capable of rational thought — an belief easily disabused by spending 10 minutes listening to sports talk radio or reading the sports section of your paper — and (b) athletes deserve any more consideration than a laboratory fruit fly. They’re just manipulatable meat, right? Juice ’em up, empty their brains, and make ’em do tricks. Eight point eight! Nine point twenty! Eleventy point double-oh seven! Go, America!
Lee said coaching was more of a challenge for him when members of the team did not share his beliefs…. “If you are Christian,” he said, “then people can have that kind of empty mind.” Asked if people of other faiths could learn to focus in the same way, Lee said he was not sure.
Well, Coach, I know a few Christians myself, some of whom, including clergy, are first-rate human beings with razor-sharp minds. I don’t think they have “empty minds” but then again, they’re not pill-popping athletes bred to bow, scrape, and perform, the kind favored internationally by Olympics organizers. And they sure as hell don’t demand that kind of degrading conduct from others while professing concern, even love, for them.
But that’s the Olympics, isn’t it. Great entertainment. Simply spectacular. Everybody says so.