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Why does the BBC ignore Usain Bolt's God?

Alongside media coverage of Mo Farah's faith in Islam, the BBC stands accused by one writer of deliberately failing to acknowledge Olympic hero's Christian belief.


by 'Cranmer'
Usain BoltUsain Bolt - the fastest man on the planet - is a devout believer (of the Protestant Christian kind) in the One True God. And he makes absolutely no secret at all of the fact: he crosses himself to exalt the Trinity, and mouths a prayer to the heavens before every race. And after each victory, he publicly gives thanks to God, in word and physical supplication.

Following [his] triumph in the 200m, he said of his Lord and Saviour:

"Nothing would have been possible without Him."

Is this not worth just a passing mention by the BBC?

It is strange that they chose to narrate in minute detail every minute of the countdown: as the clock was ticking, they filmed him on CCTV and followed his every move. They described Bolt's events and focused on the man and his achievements like they have no other athlete. We were given insights into his family life, with comments by his brother, parents and coach. The focus on the personal has been intense.

But not one mention of Bolt's faith.

While he was manifestly thanking God on his knees for yesterday's victory, the BBC presenter spun this spontaneous act of worship as Bolt having 'a moment to himself'. This manifestly blurs the significance for the viewer. This is what Bolt tweeted:

But not a mention by the BBC. Instead, they pass it over with embarrassment, pretending it is what it is not. What they refer to as 'a moment to himself' is a glorious outpouring of thanks and praise to God.

The BBC have known for more than four years what Usain Bolt always does, before and after each race, without fail: how he chooses the moment the camera is on him to make the act of humble worship, as a very public witness that it is the Creator who made him fast. They have been briefed to bits by Bolt's PR team and by members of his family: Usain Bolt is a Bible-believing, God-honouring, Jesus-worshipping Christian. But not a whisper from the BBC; not a word of explanation of the real significance of these 'moments to himself'.



Usain Bolt won the Gold Medal in the Men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympics. In doing so he became the first man to win four gold medals in the 100m and 200m competitions. Just prior to the start Boly crossed himself and pointed to the sky (3:10 on timeline).

Cranmer, 15/08/2012

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Jack Thomson (Guest) 01/10/2013 22:15
Rosemary and Penny are not one and the same...
I know that!!! - Rosemary's a herb and a Penny's a hundredth part of a pound.....and, of course, they're spelled and pronounced differently.......and, one has 8 letters while the other has 5 letters
Penny Lee 01/10/2013 23:03
...and I'm sure there are many other differences too!...
Charlie (Guest) 02/08/2014 21:48
Usain Bolt is a Catholic.
(Guest) 03/08/2014 12:00
I had read this article some time ago but didn't really notice the bit where Bolt "crossed himself", I believe only Catholics do this.
Many think that Catholics are Christians. The church of Rome is a pagan and idolotrous organisation-nothing less.
(Guest) 03/08/2014 16:41
All that is a smokescreen.
The biggest idol you can ever have is "self".
Setting yourself above the "other".
The very opposite of Christ's example.
Editor 19/08/2016 09:22
With reference to the first sentence in the above article (by 'Cranmer'), I have had an e-mail from a lady who describes herself as "a devout Catholic".

She wrote: "Usain Bolt is devout ROMAN CATHOLIC, NOT a Christian "OF THE PROTESTANT KIND" indeed he is a Christian of the "CATHOLIC" kind! Easy to research online."

A quick 'scan' suggests that indeed Bolt is part of the Roman Catholic Church. But to quote one departed (Protestant) saint: "I do believe that there are born-again believers within the RC church; but God knows how they can stay within it."
The same could now be said of many 'Protestant' denominations who have now departed into heresy.

Readers are invited to do their own research. However this 'response' facility will be available to site members only.

A recent report stated:
"On the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016, famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold in a characteristically dynamic and seemingly effortless 100-meter performance at his third consecutive Olympics, this time in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash.

Usain Bolt is preparing to turn thirty years old on August 21, 2016, and in the full life ahead of him, he is sure to continue exhibiting his skillful athleticism. However, we should pray for him to continue leading others to Jesus Christ through the model of his faith, keeping in mind and heart the words of the monumentally courageous Saint Paul, as he wrote in his Second Letter to Timothy: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on, the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)."

John Smith 22/08/2016 16:41
I don't blame the BBC for not mentioning his faith. They remember Jonathan Edwards only too well.

Just for the record, protestants also make the sign of the Cross, particularly CofE, but some do it because they want to and others because it is a witness.
Editor 23/08/2016 11:43
Given the tragic story of Jonathan Edwards I expect that the BBC would make great mention of UB only if (God forbid) he also falls from grace.

With reference to the JE situation, there is an article on the website 'Once Saved; Always Saved(?)'
John Smith 04/09/2016 14:59
A very apt if cynical comment, Ed!
John Smith 04/09/2016 18:17
A very apt if cynical comment, Ed!
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