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Eagles fans never needed that trophy after all

My entire life as a Philadelphia Eagles fan, which is indeed my entire life, I have had to endure that annoying question: “How many Lombardi Trophies have the Eagles won?”  There are variations, of course. How many Superbowls have they won?  How many rings do they have? We get it. The asker has always known the answer.  You see, this question has never been a sincere one.  It had always been asked by non-Eagles fans who know full-well that the Eagles, until early 2018, had won zero Lombardi Trophies.  The question was asked only to end an argument, to bring about embarrassment, or to assert superiority. Regardless of how good a season the Eagles were having, or how badly the other team was doing, the Eagles had simply never won a championship in the Superbowl Era, making them inferior regardless of how they were doing at the time. A full season and one preseason removed from the Eagles’ first Superbowl victory, I can say this in all sincerity: I never needed that trophy they kept asking …
Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too

The First Commandment

     There is a natural divide between the first three and the last seven commandments.  While seven through ten take aim at how people should treat each other, the first three are much more concerned with humanity's relationship with God. Because of this, these are commandments that atheists and agnostics would typically have little interest in.  However, after some reflection (even prayer), it becomes clear that these three can help lead anyone, believer or nonbeliever, in a positive direction.
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I, the Lord, am your God… You shall not have other gods besides me. I live in Wilmington, Delaware. About ten years ago, there was a frightening pattern of violence in our city that had been sparked by drug deals and territorial strife. I opened the newspaper one Sunday and read an interview with a terribly depressed woman who had lost several of her relatives to the violence. Her words stun…
Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too
The Second Commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours." -Eric Idle  
             Words matter. A man is hanging a picture.His hand slips and his finger shifts in front of the hammer.Instead of hitting the nail, he hits his thumb.“Jesus Christ!” he shouts. He could have said a lot worse.I have actually had this discussion with nonbelievers who see absolutely no reason why they should refrain from using such expressions.Their attitudes usually soften when I point out that such language might offend people.They also usually concede that such expressions should not be used around children. But can we look beyond expressions of anger or surprise?A friend of mine who is a Catholic priest would routinely use expressions with the Lord’s name, explaining that this is a form of prayer.Whatever you say, Father.