My problem with this is that Mr. Green, and many like him, just want attention, and they want to use the power of the courts to force their will upon others. Why should a majority not have its way? What does a simple publically voiced prayer hurt? I can understand his disbelief and will respect it, however it should not mean that the ideas of a small minority should affect the actions of so many. He does not want the public access of the prayergiver executed by the school, yet I assure you he would likely.have no problem with our tax dollars supplementing a gay rights parade, or a federal supported abortion clinic.
You are right. Many do want to use the power of courts to force their will upon others. Look at the voting rights bills being drawn up now and the abortion bills, too. You are right there, but you might not want to use that argument when this is being done by your own group all over the country right now. What does a moment of silence hurt? Forcing the will of the majority on civil rights or religious issues gets you sharia law, so I don't think you want that.
You don't respect it or you wouldn't say your way is the right way. Tax dollars aren't funding gay rights parades or abortions, and the funding goes for other health care services for poor women. Look it up! It sounds good to say those things, but they aren't true. You aren't paying for anyone's abortions and you haven't been.
No, Mr. Green is an attention *****. One who like so many others in our nation today feels like he best represents the opressed and downtrodden. I don't believe in the tooth fairy, yet I am not out making a statement against him, or her. I don't beleive in Santa Claus, yet you do not hear of me going before the town council and attempting to have him thrown from the parade. God forbid we get started on beliefs about the Easter Bunny. Yet I do believe in God, it is my right to do so, and to pray if I wish. If a majority is joined together and wishes to execute that right, one person should not prevent them from doing so. The spoken prayer of a young man or woman at a ball game is not going to destroy the atheist movement. Mr. Green will likely win his crusade against the church in regards to the LCHS, but his long term gains may be more than he is bargaining for. My question to Mr. Green is that what if I am wrong and there is no God, what have I lost? Compared to him and if he is wrong, and there is a God? what does he lose?
No one is broadcasting prayers to the tooth fairy at a school event over the PA system, so this isn't the same issue, and Christmas Parades aren't public school events. Once again...no one said you can't pray. No one said any moment would be destroyed and this really isn't just about atheists.
This isn't about your beliefs or his either. It isn't up to you what happens to his soul, and when I was Christian I didn't agree with the PA prayers either...it isn't even about believing really. It's about treating others with respect and being fair to all..and the law. Why do you even ask the questions in the last bolded part? This isn't about you praying, him praying, or atheists. It's about praying prayers over a loudspeaker at a school event. Would you be as thrilled about the idea if it were Islamic or some other groups' prayers? No, it is because it's the system to which you happen to be part. What he loses or gains isn't even part of this topic. No one said you can't pray all day if you like.