Objections to Derek Ernst thanking God after his win?
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Gratitude is wonderful. I'm glad i'm alive, that's for sure. But in fact, expressing our gratitude towards some supreme being, who we may think had a part in our being alive, makes more sense, to most people, than simply being grateful towards some curious strand of DNA which lurks in our loins and seems to have a life of its own. Anyway, the kid played good golf under tough conditions. Now he can talk to Ian Poulter and MA Jimanez about a new car.
If he would have said, "Thank you Peter, I'm gay", then the media and Prez would call and congratulate him.
There is nothing presumptuous about thanking god. I didn't hear him say, "God hit the ball for me". God gave him life, therefore thanking him anytime is appropriate...
God gave him life? Lol! If you say so.
If Ernst wants to thank God for his win, he is absolutely free to do so. I really don't see how a PGA tour winner thanking an entity that other people may or may not believe in incites so much debate. It is irrelevant to anyone but Derek. If he feels a spiritiual connection/belief/whatever played a role in his victory then he is free to communicate that. He is not saying that other people should thank God so that they play better golf. He is just thankful for something in HIS life that he believes played a role in his success.
If a player was sponsored by Titleist, won a tourney, and then thanked his sponsor (Titleist); would people who choose other brands of equipment get up in arms because of it? Would the Callaway guy rant about how the winning player was openly advertising or pushing his brand of clubs on other people? Would someone that did not believe in any of the major OEMs freak out because there is no proof that they are better than no name brands? The answer to these questions is no.
A player can thank whoever or whatever he wants to for his success. You do not have to play a player's equipment or believe in his, her, or any type of god. Freedom of speech and belief folks.