Many of you saw the crime being committed on national television.
The crime happened during the NCAA basketball tournament game between Louisville and Duke. A player named Kevin Ware, Jr. sustained a gruesome compound fracture of his tibia. The bone was sticking six inches out of his leg.
The past 24 hours, Ware said, were mostly a blur. When he suffered the injury in the first half of the Duke game, planting awkwardly on his right leg as it snapped like a toothpick, he thought he had just sprained his ankle.
Then he saw the look of horror in Cardinals coach Rick Pitino’s eyes. Then he looked at his leg and saw the chunk of bone that had punctured his skin. Then he immediately went into shock. Ware Sr., watching from New York, said he thought he was going to have a heart attack in his home.
Ware Jr. remembered Louisville forward Luke Hancock coming over and comforting him. He remembered Hancock saying a prayer, a powerful moment in a suddenly silent arena.
“And that made me just go into Kevin mode,” Ware said. “I just told Luke, ‘I’m good. Just win this game.’ I just kept repeating that. I got louder and louder and Russ was there and I’m pulling their jerseys, trying to get in their face like, ‘Ya’ll got to win this game.’ When they took me off the court, I heard so many cheers, and I’m like ‘When I’m out of surgery, there’s gonna be some good news.”
How could that villain Luke Hancock do such an evil thing. He prayed! At a college activity! Surely state funds were involved somehow!
If you didn’t already think Luke Hancock was evil enough for praying, this ought to cinch it for you: he’s white. And therefore a bigoted, intolerant racist by definition.
Who shall right this incredible evil?
Who will save America from God and the religious intolerance of people who see suffering and pray for those in need? Who will stop these white people from intolerantly inflicting their religion on others?
In God damn America, a country in which public schools are literally criminalizing the word “Easter,” that is where we are clearly heading. And one morning we’ll wake up and be there.
But not yet. We still have a little more time before the Antichrist comes.
I congratulate Kevin Ware for his testimony of how powerfully a teammate’s prayer affected him and encouraged him. And I congratulate Luke Hancock for being a man of prayer at a moment when prayer was desperately needed.
God bless those who bless the Lord when the forces of fascist intolerance are going stronger and stronger and stronger in their rabid determination to criminalize Christianity.