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Prior to the recent Seahawks Super Bowl victory, a study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that roughly half of the American public believed that God would determine the game’s winner.   The report also found that roughly 25% of Americans pray that God will push their team towards victory.  That’s right; forget genocide, poverty, disease, and oppression, God, for at least a few hours, would focus on the all important Super Bowl.  Sound ridiculous?  It should.

On the other hand, if God did choose the winner, what message was the man upstairs trying to get across?  Clearly, if God played a role, he must be telling us to become a more progressive country.  Why else would God propel these two teams to the Super Bowl in the first place?   First off, both the Broncos and Seahawks hail from the only two states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.  Second, President Obama won both states twice and they each have a Democratic governor and two Democratic U.S. Senators.  If you believe God cares about who makes it to the Super Bowl, this could be compelling evidence.  

In the end, only one team can be the victor.  So why would God choose the Seahawks over the Broncos?  Could it be that Payton Manning (the losing quarterback) endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012?  The Broncos loss might also be interpreted as punishment for the recall of two Democratic state senators who voted for more responsible gun laws.  

But God’s message is one of hope.  The Seahawk victory couldn’t solely have been punishment for Manning’s bad judgment or the State’s support of NRA priorities.  Perhaps God is giving progressivism the thumbs up.  The proof is in the pudding.

1)    Washington has a Democratic Governor, Jay Inslee
2)    2 female Democratic Senators, Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell
3)    60% of the State’s House members are Democrats
4)    A Democratically controlled state legislature.
5)    Washington State has one of the highest minimum wages at $9.32 per hour and Governor Inslee is proposing to increase it.
6)    The city of SeaTac in Washington has a minimum wage of $15 dollars per hour.
7)    A recent businessinsider.com article ranked Washington the 7th most liberal state in the country.
8)    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington has the 4th highest rate of workers represented by a Union.
9)    Washington is one of 17 states with legalized same-sex marriage.
10)    Seattle recently elected a Socialist to the city council.
11)    One of a few states with a “death with dignity” law.
12)    Passed a law to rewrite state law so that it is gender neutral
13)    Governor Inslee has proposed an additional $200 million in funding for public education that would be paid for by closing tax loopholes.

Lest you think that conservatives would ever draw such a conclusion on their own, look no further than WorldNetDaily where it was explained that this was revenge for the dismissal of the Saintly Tim Tebow.

Originally posted to Will County Young Dems on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 09:55 AM PST.

Also republished by Seattle & Puget Sound Kos.

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  •  Maybe this year's Lombardi trophy (8+ / 0-)

    is really an idol possessed by demons, and it's properly placed in a den of iniquity like Seattle.

    Great fun.

    "Broccoli could take down a government. Broccoli is revolutionary." --Kris Carr

    by rb137 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:21:22 AM PST

  •  Really sad (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, Elizaveta

    I guess it makes sense though.  Football is a religion and all those ads are like little angels teaching you how to think on them when you need to buy things for your salvation.  Let us pray.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:32:51 AM PST

  •  and God wants us to roll back the marijuana laws (7+ / 0-)

    that feed the prison industrial complex.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:33:27 AM PST

  •  Fun first diary (9+ / 0-)

    I love being a Washingtonian...just a minor quibble:

    We in WA are infected with the same Republican gridlock in our legislature. Two turncoat Dems have aligned themselves with the other side, making the state senate the place where good ideas go to die....something we need to change this year.

  •  Obviously this is a test of our faith (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    Because the Almighty Creator of the Universe uses lies and trickery to manipulate His people.

    And because logic and reason are the tools of Satan.

    /s

  •  RE: "The Saintly Tim Tebow" (0+ / 0-)

    Just took a look at Tim Tebow's wiki.

    Never has so much been written about so little. He had a couple of good streaks, but had the lowest passing completion rate in the NFL in 2011.

    Let go by Denver, released by the Jets and cut by New England after signing a two year contract with NO guaranteed money.
    At least with Manning the Broncos got to the Superbowl,
    with Tebow they never would have even come close to making the playoffs.

    Apparently Tebow suffered two broken ribs playing against Seattle when he was with the Jets.

    I personally  think God (if there is one) would have more important things to be involved in than Tim Tebow's career....
    but I also have to wonder if maybe God (or karma) just wanted Tebow to stop with the self-importance crap and shut the eff up and the Seahawks were that means of delivering the message.

    The Seahawks team and community spirit are the antithesis of Tebow's self absorbed, self importance, self glorification crap.
    Tim Tebow talks it, Russell Williams walks it....in more ways than one.

  •  So God reached down from Heaven... (1+ / 0-)
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    se portland

    and goosed Denver center Manny Ramirez on the ass causing his first snap of the game to sail over Manning's head.

    Now that's some Divine intervention!

    What I'd like to ask the folks who believe such hokum is why he wouldn't similarly have given a Divine nudge out of the way to the car that skidded off the road and ran over four little girls walking down the sidewalk in my hometown last week?

    I guess that was God's "will."

    He acts in Mysterious ways you know.

    Wonder why He favored the Seahawks over the Saints in the second round?

  •  Superbowl (0+ / 0-)

    I have the simultaneous good fortune to live in Colorado and the bad fortune to live in Broncoland.  The Bronco's humiliating loss did my heart good.  Payton Manning and his idiotic histrionics got just what he/they deserved.  And I'll admit that I also enjoyed the discomfort of the knuckle-dragging supporters of the Broncos.  "We're Number 1"(which everyone was chanting after they accidently beat the Dallas Cowboys many years ago) indeed!  Number 1 in irrelevance and arrogance, for sure, but anything positive and significant, not so much...

  •  Still a nation steeped in superstition by people (2+ / 0-)
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    shaggies2009, Elizaveta

    who, as a side hobby, just love to make their deity look like an idiot.

  •  It's only God's will if what they WANT to happen (1+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue

    happens.

    I know you know, Will County! Thank you for this first diary!

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    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT -9.62, -9.13

    by BeninSC on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:03:11 PM PST

  •  I think God is a curling fan, isn't he? (3+ / 0-)

    Consider Isaiah 14:23

    "I will also make it a possession for the hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," declares the LORD of hosts.
     

    I believe the hedgehog is a reference to Canada, but don't ask me why, because I have no idea.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:35:52 PM PST

  •  Totally makes sense (3+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue, Chas 981, Elizaveta

    Washington State is one of the least religious states in the union.

    The Creator respects the Constitution even if the GOP doesn't.

    But he does have a sense of humor.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 02:18:57 PM PST

  •  Here is an excellent read about Seahawks Org. (3+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue, wa ma, Chas 981

    Here is an excellent read about the Seattle Seahawks Organization. You should maybe integrate it into your diary.
    Lots of sports programs in America have a religious component to them. Players and organizations associating successes to Religion. Players praying before, during, after games. etc... We all know how that goes. If it is one particular religion, then it is all fine. But if another non-main stream religion is added, then it becomes trouble. Anyway ...

    In Seattle, they are taking a different approach. They have sports psychologists, Meditation, Yoga classes, Positivity of thoughts and Actions, ... etc.

    Here is an excerpt: I really recommend everyone to read. It is very interesting what they do in Seattle. Only a coach with an open mind could have let something like this happen.

    On this Sunday morning, it starts with meditation with Gervais, whom Carroll began to integrate into the program in 2011, at first working on the fringes as a consultant, then becoming a sideline regular last year. For the newcomers to his sessions, Gervais keeps them short, about six minutes. For those with some experience, he prepares longer, more individualized meditations. No one is required to be here, yet about 20 players show up at various times every week to breathe in, breathe out and open their minds. The entire roster also participates in yoga class, which players enjoyed so much last year as an optional activity that the staff decided to make it a mandated part of player workouts this year.
  •  Makes sense (1+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue

    I mean look at what's happened to the Jets since Tebow's departure. I wonder how long God will stay pissed at them?

    But then again, might not God want to bestow just a little more talent on his servant Tebow so that He wouldn't have to do all this work to avenge what was an entirely predictable outcome for Tebow? Especially for an omniscient, omnipotent God?

    We'll just chalk it up to the Lord working in mysterious ways!

    "In text, use only a single word space after all sentence punctuation." - Oxford Style Manual, Oxford University Press, 2003.

    by shaggies2009 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:19:25 PM PST

  •  Perhaps. But I respect the Green Bay franchise (2+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue, DaveinBremerton

    ...as it's the only one actually owned by the fans:

    The Packers are the only community-owned franchise in American professional sports major leagues.[22] Typically, a team is owned by one person, partnership, or corporate entity, i.e., a "team owner." The lack of a dominant owner has been stated as one of the reasons the Green Bay Packers have never been moved from the city of Green Bay, a city of only 102,313 people as of the 2000 census.[23] While the team is operated as a non-profit organization, technically it is a for-profit corporation because under Wisconsin law non-profit corporations cannot issue stock.

    [...]

    Green Bay is the only team with this form of ownership structure in the NFL; such ownership is in direct violation of current league rules, which stipulate a limit of 32 owners of one team and one of those owners having a minimum 30% stake. However, the Packers corporation was grandfathered when the NFL's current ownership policy was established in the 1980s,[26] and are thus exempt. The Packers are also the only American major-league sports franchise to release its financial balance sheet every year.

    "If you are still playing for Team Republican and want to have any honor whatsoever, you need to leave the Republican Party now, apologize to America, and work to remove it from our political system." - Brad DeLong

    by radabush on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 05:53:07 PM PST

  •  Of course God chose the Seahawks! (1+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue

    Because God loves agnostic rednecks from Bremerton.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:07:08 PM PST

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