Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Should God be banned for all athletes?

Today, when competing at a high level in almost any field our athletes are expected to stay drug free. They're screened prior to and after big events to make sure they are drug free. They get tested for all sorts of substances from steroids, stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine, even alcohol and cannabis are a no go (though how being under the influence of either of these substances would help you win anything other than heads down thumbs up I don't know...).

Every time you see an American win at any sport, at any level, it's almost a certainty that while being interviewed afterwards about how they got themselves to the top they will mention faith in God and praying to Jesus for success and to win. Is this fair? What about all those religious athletes who don't selfishly pray, or the atheist athletes, who rely solely on training hard to win. Assuming there is a God, as most Americans do at least, if they were right would it be fair of them to ask for an advantage over everyone else simply because they put more prayer time into it? I mean, if you are allowed to ask your almighty God to help you beat everyone else via supernatural means, but you're not allowed to use chemicals to beat others via natural means, how does that work?

I think it's only fair, just in case all us non-believers are wrong, that all athletes from now on have to take a prayer piss test prior to and after competing. Anyone found to fail the prayer piss test should be disqualified and given as much disrespect as dopers. We need to make sure it's a level playing field for everyone! If we're going to be ok with prayer, we should be ok with doping. If you Jesus helps you win, what have you got to be afraid of steroids for? There's a thought, pitting a highly steroid dosed football team up against some pray-happy Christian team. I'd pay good money to see that game! However, I bet Christians and atheists alike would know which team would win... funny that.

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