Paul Harvey Football Prayer Email Rant

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 Jerusalem, 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 ping pong match in China, I would expect to hearsomeone pray to Buddha.

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

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 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.


5 Responses to “Paul Harvey Football Prayer Email Rant”

  1. Nijma Says:

    On the other hand, this might be an opportunity to test which denomination God actually prefers. Paul Harvey says:

    “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.”

    It might be interesting to check the injury statistics and post-game accident statistics to see which preacher has the most effective prayers.

    Anyone want to place a side bet?

  2. Phyllis Kramer Says:

    I totally agree with you I am so sick of us denying our Christian Religion and to not say anything is denying. I want us to say MERRY CHRISTMAS -I notice on our Canada AM and your CNN their continuously saying Happy Holidays and when they mess up they quickly stammer and go back to the Happy Holidays – my happy holidays is when I take my vacation in the summer or whenever – thanks Paul.
    Keep this up and maybe you can be known as the “Man that saved Christianity”.
    Phyllis Kramer
    Ponoka Alberta

  3. Nijma Says:

    I would much prefer a world in which people recognize and respect other people’s religions.

    When I lived in Jordan, it was as common for Moslems to wish Christians “kul ahm intee bxeer” on Christmas as it was for Christians to wish Moslems a “Ramadan Kareem” at the onset of their holy month. It shows that you care enough for the other person to know what religion they are, as well as to find when their holiday begins and the correct greeting for it.

    We in the West could learn a lot from this type of basic courtesy.

  4. Matt Says:

    Too bad this isn’t Paul Harvey. It’s from the pen of Nick Gholson, a columnist for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas, published in September of 1999.

  5. Nijma Says:

    Thanks Matt, that appears to be correct. I have added a note at the end with a link to a Snopes piece about a very similar email.

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