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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:40 PM
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Jacksonville's Super Bowl a marriage of parties and religion
Edited on Sat Feb-05-05 08:42 PM by truthpusher
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/sports/10827065.htm?1c

Posted on Sat, Feb. 05, 2005

Jacksonville's Super Bowl a marriage of parties and religion

RON WORD

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Links to places of worship are on the Web site of the Super Bowl Host Committee. Religious literature is being passed on streets to football fans. Several NFL players, instead of partying with Playboy bunnies and hitting nightclubs, are professing their faith at churches.

In a town often said to be the buckle on the Bible belt, churches are taking unprecedented opportunities to get the gospel out to the 100,000 people who are in Jacksonville for Sunday's Super Bowl.

<snip>

"You are in town for the Super Bowl," Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El told the crowd at Friday night's Super Bowl Gospel Celebration concert, "but you are here because of God."

<snip>

The Host Committee's Web page lists the church services and addresses for hundreds of area churches, many of which have built events around the big game. The NFL, however, has been strict in deciding which activities to endorse.

complete story:

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/sports/10827065.htm?1c
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merwin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:41 PM
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1. Jacksonville is latest breaking news? Hasn't it been around for a while?
Edited on Sat Feb-05-05 08:44 PM by merwin
edit:
OK, having an actual story makes much more sense :-)
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:42 PM
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2. us telepathy impaired might need more to go on.
:)
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:43 PM
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3. oopsy. all better now.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:52 PM
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4. I don't know!! All this "Praise the Lord" stuff with football is patently
absurd. If there really was a god, he would be betting on the Patriots to win, but not by 7.
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AG78 Donating Member (840 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:56 PM
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5. No wonder it's the most popular sport in this country
It has a military theme, and everyone thanks God for touchdowns.

Oh yeah, and you can gamble easily.
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Kimber Scott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 08:56 PM
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6. Funny how the Mormons weren't allowed to proselityze the Olympics
in Salt Lake City but, these people can proselityze the Super Bowl. I guess because it's not an international event, huh? Or, maybe it's because they're not Mormons.
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 09:09 PM
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7. Good point! n/t
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 09:10 PM
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8. After the "wardrobe malfucntion" last year, I think they're trying
to prove something. See? They're wholesome people! It was that evil MTV!!!

Puleeze!!!
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Lauri16 Donating Member (509 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 09:13 PM
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9. This is disturbing
on so many levels
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 09:22 PM
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10. ABC Did This Story
lastnight - they didn't ask the people being greeted how they felt about thousands of Christians out to convert them. Librul media strikes again.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 09:28 PM
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11. "How do they feel about thousands of christians out to convert them?"
Machine guns please.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 02:54 AM
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12. Football and religion
Prostitutes ought to be doing a roaring trade.
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 12:04 PM
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18. Hey, those ladies are only ministering to the needy! n/t
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 01:32 PM
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21. Verily, a hands on ministry. n/t
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 07:17 AM
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13. I used to joke about refusing to discuss sports or religion
because they were the same thing. Now I see that it was not a joke...

:freak:
dbt
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T Bone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 10:24 AM
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26. Almost, Sports is the new Opiate of the Masses
The old opiate is just a tad jealous, methinks, and/or trying a comeback here. The first shot the old opiate has fired is the swarming coverup of Janet's boob, and a reactionary halftime show complete with a song titled -GET BACK !-- I would really like to know if the NFL halftime people had any input into MCCartney's song selection? I bet he would tell id someone asked him. Another song was 'Live and Let Die'. Militaristic enough for you?
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hector459 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 07:23 AM
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14. Anybody read the book "The Bible Fraud" by Tony Bushby?
If you did what did you think of it? It just didn't convince me that the scriptures were not true but it sure made me think.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 01:29 PM
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20. I haven't read it, so I can't comment directly.
But, from the sounds of it you might find Tom Harpur's "The Pagan Christ" interesting. He maintains that the story of Christ seems to be an amalgam of various myths and was originally meant to be taken symbolically, rather than literally. This view was stamped out by the Church in the early centuries AD. He maintains a Christian faith and identify even after making this determination. In fact, he says this has strengthened his faith, as it has taken away the need to believe literally in the more improbable aspects of the story.

It is a Canadian book, so you might have to go to Chapters.ca (on line book seller) to get it.
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hector459 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 09:11 AM
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24. Thanks.
I had read several writings about how many stories in the Old Testament were actually taken from writings and stories that pre-dated Moses by hundreds of years and that the Egyptians and Moses had access to all those writings. The first attempt at monotheism was actually taken by an Egyptian Pharaoh contemporary with Moses and it is theorized that this is where Moses got his ideas about one God and some of the original laws and practices laid out in the OT. History is interesting.
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tinymontgomery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 09:17 AM
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15. Thank you God
for giving me the sense not to give a crap about the stupid bowel! This is just another reson I'm glad I don't follow professional sports.
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llmart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 09:17 AM
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16. Makes me glad I don't watch TV.......
especially the "Stupid Bowl."
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BlueManDude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 09:32 AM
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17. Please God - make the Patriots cover the 7 point spread!!!
I need the $$$. I watch NFL games with the sound turned down so as not to be subjected to the RW propaganda that subtley makes it's way into the broadcast.
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Merlin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 01:48 PM
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22. Dammit, God. You better not or us Birds fans will start worshipping money
Edited on Sun Feb-06-05 01:49 PM by Merlin
Oh, wait a minute. We already do...

But still... !
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 12:50 PM
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19. Please God - Let Janet jackson appear again! n/t
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 01:58 PM
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23. I keep forgetting how much God cares about football...
and not for the downtrodden that make up 70%+ of the worlds population.
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dhinojosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 10:06 AM
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25. I swear the Simpsons hold the key secrets to American society
that's what the episode following the SuperBowl was about.
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