Atlanta, GA- Controversy erupted at the National Bible Bowl Association of America’s (NBBAA) National Tournament when Nathan Rodgers, the 2012 tournament runner up and member of the San Francisco 40’s refused to stand for the Pledge to the Bible. Citing hypocrisy by Christians across America, Rodgers said he doesn’t plan to stand again until other believers get their act together. “I mean, the pledge says, ‘I will hide its words in my heart so that I might not sin against God,’ yet most Christians think that ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is in the Bible and that Hezekiah is one of its books. Clearly people aren’t living out the promise of the pledge, so why should I stand for it?”
Other Bible Bowlers were quick to condemn Rodgers. “When he finished second in the nation back when he was in the 8th grade, we all thought he was something special. But since then, he hasn’t done anything,” noted Sarah Wales, a member of the Seattle Septuagints. Another competitor, Judah Jones of the Los Angeles Sacrificial Rams said, “Pretty much everybody around here thinks he’s just doing this for attention. Hypocrisy has been going on for a long time in America, and he didn’t care about it until he was washed up.” Another Bible Bowler, speaking on the condition of anonymity stated, “I think he’s a Muslim. Or maybe a liberal. I’m not sure which is worse.”
When the NBBAA officials were informed of Rodgers’ actions, they were alarmed, but did not take any action. NBBAA President Phil Wright responded, “While everybody has traditionally stood for the pledge, there is no formal rule that requires it. People have just done it and never questioned it.” The NBBAA is expected to form a committee to look into the issue further.