Scoot: Were Falcons fans born that way?

December 07, 2017 - 11:27 am

The practice of judging each other has reached the level of being a recreational sport in America.  We are quick to judge with no apparent interest in understanding each other.  We judge conservatives, liberals, whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, straight, gay, those who take cabs and those who use Uber and the list goes on and on. 

Every year, we face a time when harsh judgment prevails and that time in the year of 2017 has arrived.

Thursday, the Saints play the rival Atlanta Falcons in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.  This matchup always inspires the relentless condemnation of Falcons fans.  Yes, we hate them!  But should we be so quick to judge?

One of the big controversies about Falcons fans is whether they chose to be Falcons fans or were they born that way?  The belief that Falcons fans choose to be that way is popular, but there is no conclusive medical research that proves it.  Though much research has been done on the subject, there is also no medical research proving that Falcons fans were born that way.  And so the controversy rages on.

Many parents struggle with the reality that tonight during the broadcast of the Saints – Falcons game we will see Falcons fans together openly in public.  Parents fear the idea of having to explain to their children why two Falcons fans are holding hands or hugging and if the Falcons score there is always the possibility that two Falcons fans will be caught on camera kissing.  There is great resentment on behalf of many parents who think it’s unfair that their children are exposed to Falcons fans kissing in a public setting and they further resent the task of answering the question, “Mommy, why are those two Falcons fans kissing each other?”  A tough question for any parent to answer.

As much as Saints fans would love a shutout tonight, it is expected that the Falcons will at least score; but even if they take a lead, we all know that a Falcons lead does not mean they will actually win the game.  But if the Falcons do score, adults and their children will be exposed to Falcons fans celebrating and dancing in public as if that is normal.

Many strictly believe that being a Falcons fan is an abomination.  Falcons do appear in the Bible, for example in Job 28:7 “The path no bird of prey knows, Nor has the falcon’s eye caught sight of it.”  But references to falcons in the Bible are less complimentary than the numerous Biblical references to the Saints.  And that is the justification for using the Bible to condemn all Falcons fans.

It is difficult to accept Falcons fans as “normal” when their behavior contradicts all that we hold sacred.  And so, I think it is important to accept the idea that Falcons fans are born that way.  Why would anyone choose that life?

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