The transgressions of Tiger Woods have proved too much to take for one of the golf superstar's most fanatical fans who is now disbanding a church set up in praise of the sports icon.
John Ziegler, the pastor of the "First Church of Tiger Woods" - www.tigerwoodsisgod.com - has announced in a statement on the blog that the organization is being dissolved because of the golfer's "personal sins."
The church, whose home page has now been rechristened "The Damnation of Tiger Woods,"was launched by radio host Ziegler in 1996 to "celebrate the emergence of the 'true messiah.'"
However the lurid revelations that have swirled around Woods since last week have left Ziegler so disenchanted that he is now ending his church, which has its own "Prayer for Tiger" and "Ten Tiger Commandments."
"After several days of evaluation, I have decided to disband the First Church of Tiger Woods," Ziegler wrote. "Tiger is clearly no longer deserving of being seen as a role model or a hero and he has needlessly squandered his unique potential to be a positive force in our country and the world.
"While I am relatively sure that Tiger will make a comeback from this sad episode and that there will be great moments for him in the future, I personally am done with Tiger Woods." However Ziegler's reaction appears to fly in the face of the 10th of the "Tiger commandments" - "Thou shall pay no attention to Tiger's apparent flaws."
The 10 Tiger Commandments
10 Commandments of Tiger Woods
I. Thou shall not wear red on any day but Sunday.
II. Thou shall not worship Duval or Garcia above Tiger.
III. Thou shall not doubt Tiger’s ability to recover from any deficit.
IV. Thou shall always keep holy the Masters.
V. Thou shall not question why Tiger does not win EVERY week.
VI. Thou shall not scream “You da man!” after any Tiger shot since to call him a man would be demeaning.
VII. Thou shall not root for any golfer other than Tiger, unless he is not entered in the tournament. (Special dispensations are available through the First Church for events in which Jack Nicklaus is also entered.)
VIII. Thou shall not take the name Eldrick, unless in vain.
IX. Thou shall not covet Tiger’s game.
X. Thou shall pay no attention to Tiger’s apparent flaws. (we at the First Church are sure that there are good