Religion Vick Finds Jeebus
posted by August 27 at 9:31 AMon
How come no one ever finds Jesus before they get caught doing something criminal?
Michael Vick, speaking to the media in Richmond, says he has found Jesus and turned his life over to God. The former NFL superstar said that he accepted his role in a dogfighting ring. “I will redeem myself” said Vick, “I have to.”
Why is this I’ve-found-Jesus detail trotted out, uncritically, in news reports? If a close reading of the news tells us anything—and I’m hoping that news reporters read the news closely—it’s that people who’ve made a big public fuss about “finding Jesus” are no less likely to commit crimes than people who are incapable of locating this Jesus person.