God Without Spellcheck 2

Thanks to Barry Andrew for the heads-up on the following image:

From their website: “The North Georgia Falcons are a homeschool football team with high school and middle school players. We play football in the Glory For Christ football league, which is made up of Christian School teams and Homeschool teams.”

The lead post at the Glory for Christ Football League site — “Our purpose in life is to give glory to God!” — is at the moment a large ad for the concussion-preventing Guardian football helmet. That’s just slightly ironic, you have to admit (Wait, you say you want to give glory to God by playing football, but you’re not willing to risk everything for Him?), but I’m not going to make too much fun of it. At least they’re not attempting to pray away concussions.


Doing a search for the origin of the photo, I found these comments on the New York Times website, a couple of letters to the Sports Editor:

Re ”Home Schooling, Home Teams,” June 26: Perhaps the home-schoolers need to rethink their Priority List, as ”3. Acedemics” and ”4. Atheletics” are misspelled on the sign in a photograph accompanying the article.


I prefer to think that it was an act of kindness rather than an oversight that compelled you not to notice the misspellings in the North Georgia Falcons Priority List. I commend you on your forbearance. As to the priorities listed on the sign, it is painfully clear that spelling ranks nowhere near the top.

However, the picture referred to does not at present appear with the article, leading me to believe it was scrubbed by a kindly editor, possibly after being contacted by certain embarrassed parties.

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  • Mike de Fleuriot

    Be the Hammer, not the Nail. Bad thoughts, Jesus these guys don’t think things though do they?

  • shouldbeworking

    They don’t even make exceptions for good spelling, unless there’s something in the Georgian homeschool curriculum called ‘acedemics’.

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    Wut du yu ekspekt wen yu putt acedemics thrd!

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Be the Hammer, not the Nail. Bad thoughts, Jesus these guys don’t think things though do they?

    I’m pretty sure “Be the hammer, not the nail” is in the gospels somewhere between “turn the other cheek” and “the meek shall inherit the earth.”

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    Do unto others LIKE A HAMMER.

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    The hammer is my penis!

  • beezlebubby

    What I find troubling is that not all home-schools are religiously or right-wing based. I wonder how an “athelete” from a secular family, who have chosen to home-school for the RIGHT reasons, might feel seeing this sign. Might not that person automatically be an exception?

    • Anonymouse

      Atheist homeschooling parent here (homeschooling for academics). I find this sort of garbage appalling, but sadly not the exception. We don’t do a lot with our local homeschool group and we’re in the less-fundy-whackadoodle north, not the south where this garbage appears mandatory. Where I live, the religious homeschoolers are demanding the eeevul public schools let the homeschool kids play sports on the public school’s dime (and insurance), not the homeschool parents’.

      • beezlebubby

        Funny how they would then turn around railing against “entitlements” and crying foul over taxpayer money spent on anything the don’t approve of. What’s that word we use for people like that. Oh yeah, hypocrites.
        Good on ya for homeschooling Anonymouse. It seems like there’s always EXTRA barriers and bureaucracy when a secular home school is involved.

        • Anonymouse

          In my state, homeschool oversight can *only* be done by a church, leading to some creative definitions of the word church by secular parents. Apparently it’s not okay to homeschool because your high-school-age child is ready for advanced study and the gutted public school system can’t accommodate. It’s perfectly fine to homeschool because you’re terrified your child might otherwise accidentally learn that dinosaurs existed and gay people still exist. NOt that there’s much difference between fundy-homeschool and public school; during the elementary years I was constantly annoyed at the all-Jebus-all-the-time proselytizing that was going on.

          To get back to the point (hypocrisy), yes, the homeschoolers see nothing wrong with insisting the public school is a horrible thing that should be abolished while simultaneously demanding it provide sports, music, art (the right kinds, of course), special education services, and babysitting to their children, all for free of course. Particularly sports, because sports scouts visit.

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  • Snoof

    What does “Be the hammer, not the nail” even mean?

    The only interpretation I can come up with is “Be the abuser, not the abused”, and that’s a horrible thing to say.

  • Nes

    At least they used the correct word for “exceptions.” The local Wal-Mart used to have a sign at customer service that said something like “We do not except electronics returns without a receipt. No acceptions!”

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