Faith: A Super Image

Much was made of the fact that two African-American coaches reached the Super Bowl. And that’s all good. I’ve told many friends I believe the most last impact of the event was that two strong men of faith were allowed to celebrated their God without judgement. I’ve not seen this photograph before. I am sure many teams share a moment of prayer after games. But the image of Tony Dungy (center) flanked by Indianapolis Colts owner Bob Irsay (Dungy’s left) and the Super Bowl trophy speaks volumes to me, as I’m sure it will to other people of faith. Enjoy.

Super Faith


14 thoughts on “Faith: A Super Image

  1. Toni says:

    What a wonderful photograph!! Too bad it isn’t a poster. I’d hang it on the wall in my livingroom.

    When Bob Irsay made his speech, the first thing he did was thank God. It struck me.. I’ve been watching the Super Bowl for 40 years and that is the first time I ever heard an owner in the NFL thank God. It blessed my socks off! Now I know why Bob Irsay wanted Tony Dungy to be his coach. Now, I understand.

    I’m so proud of Tony and Lovie, not just because they’re black, but because they are two strong Christian men!! To God be the Glory!!

  2. Juan says:

    Replace the holding hands with Muslim prayer mats and the US would be up in arms over this photo.

    I’d be more vocal about Dungy being an egregious, boisterous and politically active anti-equal rights guy, but we’ll let him have his day in the sun. Good for his Super Bowl win.

    Could care less about his feelings about the afterlife and documents translated from documents 2,000 plus years ago.

    Care about what he feels about people today and it seems like he hates some of them, or at least that segement of the population that wants to get married to people of the same sex. Other than that, I would think he would think you are OK.

  3. SitR says:

    Juan, totally baseless assumption. If you knew anything about Christianity, you would know that hate is just as bad as anything else considered a sin. There have been no indications that Dungy “hates” anyone. Furthermore, I’m sure there are various members of his team and staff that engage in behavior that he would consider sinful, and yet there has been nary a report that Dungy has treated them badly at all. Get a grip.

  4. Juan says:

    It must suck when your idol’s feet are made of clay. (How apropo considering (1) it’s true and (2) your comments about my lack of knowledge of Christianity, well this imagery is rooted in Bible lore)

    If by totally baseless, you mean wholly with merit, then yes, it’s totally baseless. See below.

    Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy will be the honored guest of the Indiana Family Institute at the group’s “Friends of the Family Banquet” in March. The organization, among other things, fights the right of same-sex couples to marry and the right of gay people to adopt children in Indiana.

    The event’s invitation (right, click to enlarge) features Dungy in his Colts sideline uniform. There is no price listed but the invitation reads: “An opportunity to financially support the Indiana Family Institute will be presented.”

    IFI is affiliated with Focus on the Family, a rabidly anti-gay organization that has made it its mission to oppose gay marriage rights, among other issues of gay equality. Focus on the Family hosts a conference series called Love Won Out, which asserts that gay people can be “cured” of being gay. Among the group’s online initiatives is No Moo Lies, which claims that, because dogs can’t moo like a cow, people aren’t supposed to be gay.

    IFI’s stated mission is to protect traditional marriage.

    “We believe firmly that the family is the key institution of society, and that the overall health of any city, state, region or nation is largely determined by the health of this bedrock institution,” the group’s Web site reads under the heading, Our Mission. “Our objective is two-fold: Preserve pro-family policy already within State Government and push for additional policies that will strengthen Indiana families.”

    I’m sure his extensive head coaching football background makes it entirely appropriate to comment on the rights not afforded to people based on their sexual orientation.

    I’m sure his thoughts on this matter are rooted in law and public policy.

  5. SitR says:

    Not my hero Juan….is that the only thing that the IFI works toward? And you still haven’t proven that he hates anyone.

  6. Juan says:

    It’s a big part of what IFI does.

    The IFI is one of the leading proponents of SJR7, the proposed Indiana Constitutional amendment on marriage rights, and other legislative efforts to deny equal rights to LGBT folks.

    The IFI says on its site that it has taken “a stand against the gay rights agenda.”

    I’d say supporting a group by lending your voice to a group in a fundraising dinner, a group that vehmently opposes the extension of rights to a class of people, purely on the basis of sexual orientation is hateful, no?

    A transitive property of hate, but hateful nonetheless.

    Dungy might insist that he wants no part of this national dialogue. Perhaps that will be his explanation, but that is too late. He has injected himself into this discussion by lending his name and voice to this group.

  7. wyclefdoug says:

    Just because you’re against gay marraige, doesn’t mean you hate gays.

  8. Juan says:

    I’m willing to entertain any reasonable arguments that anti-gay marriage stances are not derivative of hate.

  9. wyclefdoug says:

    So anytime you think something wrong, you hate that something?

    If I think jaywalking is wrong, do I hate people who jaywalk?

    If I think parents who let their kids watch R rated movies are wrong, does it mean I hate those parents?

    It’s a fairly basic thought process. You don’t have to hate gays to be against the idea of same sex marriage. I’m not for gay marriage, and I hate noone. It’s possible. You need no longer wonder if it’s possible.

  10. Juan says:

    The discussion is not reducible to whether you think something is wrong.

    It would be one thing if you thought, marriage, across the board was wrong. Then I would unuderstand why you would think gay marriage is also wrong, because you think the whole marriage thing, for everyone, is suspect.

    However, you think marriage for a specific group (gays and not all) of people is wrong. Why the difference? Why does the analysis change? Why is something that is permissible for one group of people, not permissible for another?

  11. wyclefdoug says:

    You’re changing the question now, and I don’t feel like answering that one. I answered the one you initially asked.

    “I’m willing to entertain any reasonable arguments that anti-gay marriage stances are not derivative of hate.”

    I answered that. You don’t have to hate, to be against. It’s cut and dry, plain and simple.

    I’m against rape, I don’t hate people who do it.

  12. Juan says:

    The questions really is the same.

    I am on record as both hating people who rape and as hating the act of rape. Let the record reflect that.

  13. wyclefdoug says:

    Well good for you. I don’t have the time, and I won’t waste the effort to hate anyone. Doesn’t mean I like everything people do. Let the record reflect that.

  14. gary says:

    wyclef….no need to argue with some leftist mutt…whenever anyone goes against their idea of some socialist amoral utopia and when all logic and reason fails, they just haul out the the time honored words…”hate”..”racist”..whatever…their moral relativism is so touching and their hypocrisy contiues to amaze me.the only group who it is open season on to truly hate are christians.

    so tony dungy appeared at an organization who are against what 80% of the country is against…good for him!!

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