This seems to be appearing more in the news. People of Faith claiming they don’t need to follow the rules, any rules, since they follow “higher laws.”
In schools, courtrooms, public squares, sporting events. . .
Is this trivial?
Double standard! Religious Freedom! People get SO upset.
The NFL takes back the penalty.
But hear what The Player himself said afterward (I give him lots of credit for admitting this):
“Abdullah, who left football for a year to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, told the Kansas City Star afterward that he thought the referees flagged him over unsportsmanlike conduct for the slide, not prostrating. It was a sentiment echoed by his coach, Andy Reid.”
League rules say:
ESPN noted that according to Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d), “Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”
But the NFL quickly changed the decision. Why?
Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons.
So there you go.
In a small way, isn’t this another example of Religion claiming Special Treatment? Isn’t this like the “outrage” we often hear from many in faith groups who say Their Religious Freedom is More Important than Anyone Else’s Religious Freedom or anyone else’s rules or laws or common sense?
The Rules, any rules, really don’t apply to them.
Their Rules come directly from God.
Who are WE to question or make them obey puny Human Rules!
The rest of us need to accommodate, get out of the way, give them Their Freedom. Our freedoms (to not be subjected to their faith) don’t count.
What do you think?
(btw: I often wonder if people Really Believe their God cares about sports or helps them Get Touchdowns!)