Stephen Dubner of the Freakonomics blog suggests (not very seriously) a new atheist lawsuit.
Earlier this year, Mike Pereira, the National Football League’s Vice President of Officiating, explained which sorts of touchdown celebrations would be allowed and which would be considered excessive (and thus penalized):
The whole issue is, you can’t go to the ground on your knees or with your hand or anything. There’s only one time that you’re going to be allowed to go on your knee after you score like this, and that’s when you want to praise the Lord. If you do that, then I’m going to allow that, because I do not want to be struck by lightning, I promise you that. We will allow that.
Clearly, this means atheists would be penalized for celebrating a touchdown while Christians would be spared. (Tim Tebow has already taken advantage of the pro-Christian slant in NCAA football!)
And had the New Orleans Saints made it into the Super Bowl, the other team would *so* not have stood a chance.
Of course, the NFL is a private organization and they can do whatever they’d like…
My suggestion: Forget the full-page newspaper ads. Atheist groups need to combine our resources and just buy an informational Super Bowl Ad. Then everyone will take notice.