Just how much is too much?

With the National football League season well under way, it brings with it team expectations, player expectations and fan hopes of reaching the promised land – the Super Bowl.

For many athletes, reaching the Promised Land takes on more than an athletic meaning. On any given Sunday means it’s time to showcase their religion.

Thank you Tim Tebow.

It’s not just athletes, more people, especially those who are in, or like to put themselves in the spotlight, do so by becoming religious.

At sporting events, it’s not unusual to see the big sign “John 3:16” behind home plate or in the end zone. My question is this – how do they get such good seats?

I know that the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of religion and that some folks will say people have the right to display their religion any way they want and at any time.

True.

But when it comes across as posturing for publicity it becomes a bit much. Living in Buffalo Grove, we hear a lot about religion, or perhaps lack of, from everyone’s favorite atheist, Rob Sherman. Sherman has an opinion about everything, and aside from his seemingly 2,000-foot long RV flaunting himself, Sherman keeps his beliefs to himself – except when he files a lawsuit.’

I’ve seen people at public meeting flaunt their religion as if to say “despite what I’ve done in the past, I’m a wonderful (fill in the blank)” and drop phrases, symbols etc.

As if that changes my opinion?

With the holiday season around the corner, we’ll face the wave of holiday decorations ranging from Manger scenes to inflatable reindeer and Homer Simpson dressed like Santa. There’s also the debate as to what municipalities can do. It’s Rob Sherman’s favorite time of year.

If a municipality wants to put up lights for holidays, fine. Some go to extreme. I do raise an eyebrow with municipal Manger scenes.

But once those go up, you can bet that everyone else demands equal time. As a Jew, I personally don’t like to see Hanukah decorations popping up as if to say “we need equal time.”

We don’t. Hanukah, in the scope of things, is a minor holiday. However, Madison Avenue sees fit to escalate it because, after all, gift as involved, and by gosh, we need to promote retail sales.

Perhaps, but not by making religion a side show to major sporting events.

We have enough of those already in Chicago sports.

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