If you have followed this blog at all during the basketball season you will know that I have not been a big fan of Rick Majerus. I still believe he has been disrespectful to his players through the media. I have not liked the attitude of "I didn't pick these guys and they didn't pick me." I think that is horrible for a leader to say. I think he has not helped to draw any fans to watch the Billikens this season. I think thus far he has done more harm to the SLU program then good from a basketball and business sense. All of that being said Rick Majerus has struck a cord with me this week.
I like many St. Louisans grew up in the Catholic church. I like some others in the Catholic faith have become disenchanted with the church for things that go well beyond this current Archbishop. Just for background of where I am coming from I don't consider myself a practicing Catholic anymore. There are numerous reasons for my personal beliefs that shall remain just that....personal.
The thing that will stick with me though is a quote from Majerus that he gave to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday night. It reads....
"I do not speak for the university or the Catholic Church. These are my personal views. And I'm not letting him change my mind. I think religion should be inclusive. I would hope that all people would feel welcome inside a church, and that the church would serve to bring people together, even if they happen to disagree on certain things."
Rick Majerus as a Man and an American has every right to stand up for what he believes in. But more importantly to me is that he is informed of his opinion and came up with a conclusion to why he believes what he believes. Religions of all forms (not just catholicism) would become much better if they believed and followed what Majerus said. A man, his politics, and his religion are personal matters to him and he doesn't need to apologize or explain to a church his views on political subjects to anyone especially an Archbishop.
I still don't agree with a lot of things that have happened with the Billikens basketball program this season, but I do believe if nothing else there have been a lot of SLU students who learned a very valuable lesson this past week.
For that I give Majerus all the credit in the world.