Oh wait, they did that in 2000 when they drafted Tom Brady, who a decade later plugged something called “Earth Hour” in the above video, comically asking us to turn the lights off in our homes, while Brady makes millions on Sunday and Monday nights playing under 60 bazillion watts of electric lights, his actions recorded by minicams sent to mobile trucks crammed full of television equipment, beamed to microwave towers and satellite links to giant TV studios in New York and Los Angeles for consumption via electrically-powered TVs in millions of homes nationwide.
That same year, celebrity gossip site TMZ reported:
Sources close to the couple tell us … G&T placed an order with A-1 Christmas Trees and Lights in L.A. on Tuesday — purchasing two twelve-foot Christmas trees … and a whole mess of lights for their house … totaling approximately $7,500.
As the late Michael Crichton observed in 2003, “I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form:”
You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.
Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of theenvironment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
Eden, the fall of man, the loss of grace, the coming doomsday—these are deeply held mythic structures. They are profoundly conservative beliefs. They may even be hard-wired in the brain*, for all I know. I certainly don’t want to talk anybody out of them, as I don’t want to talk anybody out of a belief that Jesus Christis the son of God who rose from the dead. But the reason I don’t want to talk anybody out of these beliefs is that I know that I can’t talk anybody out of them.
These are not facts that can be argued.
These are issues of faith.
In a 2007 column in Time magazine, Charles Krauthammer quipped there was “a predecessor religion to environmentalism called Christianity.”
Now that Tim Tebow is a Patriot, can the team handle having two celebrity quarterbacks (assuming Tebow stays at the same position) who each use their fame to proselytize their respective religious beliefs?
And if the lights ever go off in Gillette Stadium like they did in the Superdome this past February, will Tom pray for them to remain off and Tim pray for their return?