August 20, 2008

Historical precedents

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 20, 2008 4:53 PM

Perhaps the silliest part of this article about aggressive Christian proselytizing by the U.S. Olympic archery coach is this near the end:

To be an effective archer, Lee said, athletes must learn to clear their heads and focus. "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.


He's not sure? Is he really unaware that Zen Buddhists used this very technique for centuries in Japan? It seems like an Olympic archery coach should know this.

Anyway, it's hard to get too worked up about archery, but clearly this guy should be fired—his faith-based coaching described in the article is completely inappropriate and unquestionably could drive away talented athletes who aren't Christian. And even if those archers don't leave the team, I can't imagine that it helps them focus.

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You'd think that if Christians make the best archers, the Crusades sure would have gone differently...

*ba-dum ching!*

Posted by: Josh | August 21, 2008 12:27 AM

The thing this story reminds me of a bit is the big Christian movement on the Colorado Rockies (although at least as far as anybody in the public knows, that is nowhere near as extreme).

And for those of us who are not Christian enough to focus properly on things, there's always caffeine.

Posted by: Mason Porter | August 21, 2008 4:58 AM

First rule of blind faith - don't let inconvenient facts or nonessential knowledge get in the way of knowing you're right.

Yeah, the whole mega-church/evangelical movement in the Rockies is kinda strange to me. The coach sounds a lot like the atmosphere that used to exist at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and may still exist there despite efforts to keep it non-sectarian.

Though I don't think that caffeine will help your archery very much...

Posted by: Chris L-S | August 21, 2008 6:39 AM

Yeah, I thought of the Air Force Academy when I was writing this. That's a bit of a more significant venue than the Olympic archery team, too...

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | August 21, 2008 4:06 PM
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