Reply to "Group complains about Brooks’ pregame prayers"

Originally Posted by ferrellj:
Originally Posted by frog:
Originally Posted by ferrellj:

First of all the government has no business having anything to do with schools. Can someone show me in the Constitution where it says it's the governments job to run the schools? Secondly it's freedom "of" religion not "from". We are a "Christian" nation that was built on the belief that all religions should be free tp practice. I have no problem with having prayer before a ballgame. It would be sad if the practice has to stop because of one individual.


And once more no one said anyone couldn't practice religion.  We are not a Christian nation no matter what anyone likes to believe.  We are a nation of many people of many faiths and those of no particular faith, and you are free to practice all you want as long as you don't interfere with others' rights.  It isn't one individual who feels that way, but he was the one who happened to speak up in this particular area.  If you want to pray before a game no one is stopping you.  Religion has no business having to do with schools either...how would you feel if we started having all public schools have Islamic prayers as part of the day and said at at events instead of Christian ones?  You wouldn't like that I would bet.  This isn't even about who wants the prayers and who doesn't.  It is about the idea that one religious (or nonreligious) group gets to run over everyone else and run teh show.  

 

A moment of silence gives time for anyone to pray or whatever else or nothing, and on goes the game.  Nothing is taken from anyone except the privilege of choosing what religious ideas everyone else has to hear over the PA, and that is what the country was founded on...and that is what the law is about.

Go to the Middle East and see how they start their days. Then stand up and tell them you're a Christian and you think they should stop praying at school. If I were to go into a Muslim community I would expect that. We're a Christian community and should be allowed to pray. Like B said you can always cover your ears if it offends you that much.


You are right.  They wouldn't like that much and you might not make it through the day.  That is why we don't have any official religion in this country.  It protects the rights of all the citizens to worship as they please or not worship if they choose.  That is the biggest difference between living here and there, and I doubt you would enjoy living there very much, just as many wouldn't enjoy living here if only Christian beliefs were allowed or tolerated.  It is why we are America and not the Middle East, and this is not a Christian country, state, or community.  The majority's religious beliefs are not the community's official beliefs, and really you benefit from that as much as everyone else does.  You may live in a Christian home and have your children attend Christian churches and schools, have them pray anywhere they like at any time, but you do not get to decide this community belongs to your religion...whatever it happens to be, and you don't get to make laws that make everyone else become Christian or worship, pray, or participate or be taught your beliefs.  That is why you get to do as you please...same law that says everyone else can too.  Sorry, but the majority in a certain area doesn't get to impose laws or traditions on everyone else whether they are the majority or not.  That's why there are churches and why homes are private and why private schools are built, but you do not get to impose religious laws on the community...sorry.  I am not in a "Christian community", but in a community that happens to have Christians among the other citizens. 

 

Once again...you are allowed to pray anywhere you want...haven't I said that before a zillion times?  

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