Echoes of Maradona in Bachmann's 'hand of God'

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  • June 26, 2013 - 12:33 PM
It’s not often that the “hand of God” is invoked in politics, and even less so in sports.
But the phrase got new life in U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s statement denouncing Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision striking down restrictions on federal benefits to legally-married gay couples.
"Marriage was created by the hand of God,” the Minnesota Republican said in a statement. “No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”
It’s been three decades since the phrase cut such a prominent figure in a public controversy, and that was when Argentina beat England in the 1986 World Cup, a game fraught with meaning in the aftermath of the Falklands War.
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For viewers of the world scene, the phrase is still synonymous with Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona, who appeared to have helped guide a header into the English net with his hand. Asked about it later, Maradona famously said, “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios" ("a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God").
News junkies: Was the “hand of God” that helped Argentina win the World Cup just vitiated by the Supreme Court?

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