Athletes thanking god

From http://www.richarddawkins.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=87666:

Today I was watching the British Open (I'm not much of a golf fan myself but that is what my dad had on so I just sat with him and watched it as well) and when Stewart Cink gave his trophy acceptance speech he hoisted his trophy "up to God" and thanked god for getting him through the pressure of the tournament and helping him to win. It is his moment and if he wants to bring his beliefs into it it is his choice, but it really bothers me when athletes take credit away from themselves, and thank their god for allowing them to win (this seems to happen quite frequently). Why can't they embrace their own accomplishments and realize that it was their hard work, dedication, and skill that helped them to win, not a god? I just wish that people could see that they are capable of great things without their imaginary friend helping them along. Even if there was a god, and one who did care about a random sporting event ( :lol: ), what makes them think that the god would choose them to win over all the other competitors. Can't they just give themselves, and all the real people that helped them along the way, a little credit? Besides, I hate how religion is always dragged into everything. Anyway, I was just wondering what you guys think about athletes thanking god when they win.

Answers:

  • I'm still waiting for someone who loses to go "it's all God's fault, the bastard really let me down today".

  • It strikes me as a phenomenally stupid thing to do. Do they actually think through the implications of what they are saying?

    "And I'd like to thank God for making the other 38,000 people in the New York Marathon lose. If it wasn't for God giving them cramps, increasing their wind resistance, and causing them to stumble on uneven surfaces, I never would have won the race.

    Instead God rewarded me with the win, even though I didn't train as hard or put in as much effort as the people he stole the victory from."

  • Personally, I think that the only appropriate course of action to be taken when an athlete admits that their success was due, not to their own efforts, but to the interference of an outside agent, is that they should be disqualified for cheating.

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