I’m always interested to see what people consider interesting or inspiring enough to send on their email listserves. This one calls for public prayer before football games and echoes a common right-wing assertion–that the United States was founded on Christian principles. Setting aside for a moment the question of religious freedom–isn’t that why the pilgrims came here in the first place?–I’m at a loss to think of even one Christian principle that appears in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
But here is the rant. It’s nicely colorful:
********* Get Ready *********
Keep this going around the globe … read it and forwardevery time you receive it. We can’t give up on this issue.
Paul Harvey and Prayer
Paul Harvey says:
I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing aHo-Ho-Ho song in December. I don’t agree with Darwin , but I didn’t go out and hire alawyer when my high school teacher taught his Theory of Evolution
Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangeredbecause someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.
So what’ s the big deal? It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entirebook of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him togrant safety to the players onthe field and the fans going home from the game.
But it’s a Christian prayer, some will argue.
Yes, and this is the United States of America , a country founded onChristian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churchesoutnumber all others betterthan 200-to-1. So what would you expect ! — somebody chantingHare Krishna?
If I went to a football game in , I wouldexpect to hear a Jewish prayer.
If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslimprayer.
If I went to a match in , I would expect to hearsomeone pray to .
And I wouldn’t be offended.
It wouldn’t bother me one bit.
When in Rome…
But what about the atheists? Is another argument.
What about them?
Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collectionplate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkmanor a pair of ear plugs. Go tothe bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!
Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousandswhat they can and cannot do. I don’tthink a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’sfoundations.
Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courtsstrip us of all our rights. Our parents andgrandparents taught us to pray before eating; to pray before we go to sleep.
Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and theirlawyers are telling us to cease praying.
God, help us.
And if that last sentence offends you, well ..just sue me.
The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we let that one or twowho scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority don’t care what theywant. It is time the majority rules! It’s time we tell them, you don’t have topray; you don’t have to say the pledge of allegiance; you don’t have to believein God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honoryour right .. But bygolly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back ..
and we WILL WIN!
God bless us one and all … especially those who denounce Him,God bless America, despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation ofall.
God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray andworship God.
2007 will bethe year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation ofour families and institutions… and our Military come home from all the wars.
Keep looking up.
If you agree with this, please pass it on.
If not delete it.
‘AND THAT’S THE REST OF THE STORY’
And here’s the rest of the rest of the story:
Who’s going to write that prayer?
The team that kicks off or the team that receives?
UPDATE 7/9/08: This appears to be the work of Nick Gholson, sportswriter for the Times Record News of Wichita Falls, Texas, who wrote the piece in September 1999 to advocate for prayer in schools. According to Snopes, Gholson’s essay ended with “just sue me” and the rest was added later by someone else who also deleted all the references to current events and personalities.