Reply to "Group complains about Brooks’ pregame prayers"

Originally Posted by teyates:

Christianity, sadly, does not hold the honor of being the only group who is filled with nutjobs and zealots, as evidenced by this man's actions, and those who hold him in reverence.  I am not condoning the actions of either group, just simply pointing out that Mr. Green had nothing to fear from the vocal prayers at the school, and his actions are a ferverent display of someone who is either looking for attention or feels threatened by his Christian neighbors prayers to a God in whom he says he does not believe, 


You are absolutely right that "nut jobs" come in all flavors

 

I don't think he is held in reverence, but I do appreciate that he did speak up.  He probably wasn't afraid of the prayers, just as I'm sure you wouldn't be afraid of a moment of silence.  The issue here that creates the problem is in my opinion shown by your bolded section.  Your refusal or inability to accept the fact that this man or other people might not feel threatened at all, but be just tired of having one group praying over a PA system when it is illegal to do that at a public school event.  The suit doesn't have anything to do with him liking or not liking anyone, nor does this make him a zealot or an attention seeker.  It makes him a citizen of the US who decided something was illegal and had enough of not speaking up.  It doesn't mean he feels threatened...or maybe he does and should.

 

If it's okay for one religious group to ignore the law and yell it over a loudspeaker perhaps there is something to be threatened about...it says actually that this particular group can get away with ignoring the law.  But that aside, if he were trying to get official pray groups into schools I wonder how many of these same people would be calling him a zealot?  Would he then be a brave Christian?

 

What if he (or I or anyone else) decided to start a tradition of saying before each game over the same PA system something like, "Just a reminder that there is no God and that whatever happens during this game is related to skill, lack of it, or luck.  So in the name of all that is reasonable I ask you all to not pray to your God, but instead to focus on the game while you all treat each other with respect and kindness. Of course we hope no one is injured tonight and that all play a fair game.  Thank you."

 

Is that okay?  It won't threaten your firm beliefs, so I sincerely ask you if that would be okay with you?  It will be said before all sporting events and all official school events over a loudspeaker, by the way, but it won't damage you or shake your faith if you truly believe in God.  Is that okay with you?  No Christian prayers will be said, but variations on this speech will be.

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