Friday, 28 July 2006

A Doped Up Mennonite?

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis recently failed a doping test. If it turns out that he was cheating, he'll have some explaining to do, and not only to race officials. 

Landis, who was raised conservative Mennonite, no doubt grew up hearing the maxim of Jesus that Anabaptists love so much: "Let your yes be yes and your no be no." It seems hard to exempt doping from such truthful living.

On Thursday, NPR's Day to Day quoted Landis's mother as saying that if he broke any rules, he doesn't deserve to win. 

Landis, you've already accomplished so much beyond the family farm and church. Just don't let this journey take you too far. 

It's not only for the sport, but for the already waning integrity of the great big family that is Anabaptism that I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the test results to be false positives.

No comments:

Post a Comment