the TIMES RECORD NEWS
By: NICK GHOLSON
it seems, get offended way too easily. I mean, isn't
that what all this prayer hullabaloo is all about - people
getting offended? Those of us in the majority are always tippy-toeing
around, trying to make sure we don't step on the toes or hurt
the feelings of the humorless. And you can bet there's a lawyer
standing on every corner making sure we don't.
prayer deal. It's absolutely ridiculous. Some atheist goes to
a high school football game, hears a kid say a short prayer
before the game and gets offended so he hires a lawyer and goes
to court and asks somebody to pay him a whole bunch of money
for all the damage done to him. You would have thought the kid
kicked him. Damaged for life by a 30-second prayer? Am I missing
something here? I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not
going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.
I don't agree with Darwin, but I didn't go out and hire a lawyer
when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.
Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered
because 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 entire book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they
believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on
the 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 on Christian principles.
And we are in the Bible Belt. According to our very own phone
book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1.
So what would you expect - somebody chanting Hare Krishna? If
I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear
a Jewish prayer. If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would
expect to hear a Muslim prayer. If I went to a ping pong match
in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha. And
I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me one bit. When
"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 collection
plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much,
bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit
the concession stand. .. Call your lawyer. Unfortunately,
one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what
they can and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a football
game is going to shake the world's foundations. Nor do I believe
that not praying will result in more serious injuries on the field
or more fatal car crashes after the game. In fact, I'm not so sure
God would even be at all these games if he didn't have to be. That's
just one of the downsides of omnipresence. If God really liked sports,
the Russians would never have won a single gold medal,and New York
would never play in a World Series. Christians are just sick and
tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all
our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before
eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us just to
pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers
are telling us to cease praying. God, help us. And if that last
sentence offends you - well............just sue me.