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Author: JamesBrown Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 445503  
Subject: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 9:51 AM
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WorldNetDaily, of all places, published a letter written by a Christian serving in the Air Force, stationed in Hawaii, in an area dominated by Buddhist and Shinto believers. In other words, he was a member of a minority religion. So what happened when he attended a high school football game? What was his response when a voice over the PA encouraged everyone to stand for the invocation of a Buddhist prayer?

http://www.wnd.com/2005/10/32839/

We were frozen in shock and incredulity! What to do? To continue to stand and observe this prayer would represent a betrayal of our own faith and imply the honoring of a pagan deity that was anathema to our beliefs. To sit would be an act of extreme rudeness and disrespect in the eyes of our Japanese hosts and neighbors, who value above all other things deference and respect in their social interactions. I am sorry to say that in the confusion of the moment we chose the easier path and elected to continue to stand in silence so as not to create a scene or ill will among those who were seated nearby...

Imagine that? He wasn't comfortable either participating in or excluding himself from a secular implementation of a religious ceremony.

He now has a new understanding of the what it's like to hold the minority view. He walked a mile in another man's moccasins, and now has a new appreciation for the First Amendment.

I would say in love to my Christian brothers and sisters, before you yearn for the imposition of prayer and similar rituals in your public schools, you might consider attending a football game at Wahiawa High School. Because unless you’re ready to endure the unwilling exposure of yourself and your children to those beliefs and practices that your own faith forswears, you have no right to insist that others sit in silence and complicity while you do the same to them.
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Subject: Re: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 10:41 AM
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pagan deity

Well isn't that special.

What an a--hole.

I never associated Buddhism with football.

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Subject: Re: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 10:46 AM
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Post of the century (so far).

"unless you’re ready to endure the unwilling exposure of yourself and your children to those beliefs and practices that your own faith forswears, you have no right to insist that others sit in silence and complicity while you do the same to them."

So simple, even an Evangelical might be able to understand it.

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Subject: Re: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 12:27 PM
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Quoted: We were frozen in shock and incredulity! What to do? To continue to stand and observe this prayer would represent a betrayal of our own faith and imply the honoring of a pagan deity that was anathema to our beliefs. To sit would be an act of extreme rudeness and disrespect in the eyes of our Japanese hosts and neighbors, who value above all other things deference and respect in their social interactions. I am sorry to say that in the confusion of the moment we chose the easier path and elected to continue to stand in silence so as not to create a scene or ill will among those who were seated nearby...

This young man needs a lesson in humility and good manners. Nothing more can be taken from this anecdote.

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Subject: Re: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 1:40 PM
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"Needless to say, that was the last football game we attended."



Swell.

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Subject: Re: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 3:20 PM
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So simple, even an Evangelical might be able to understand it.

Not simple....

Only Christianity is real and therefore the only religion that needs to be respected. In fact only evangelical Christianity is real, while allothers are just superstition.

a 'vangie would call you a satanist for even making that argument about religious equivalence.

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Subject: Re: Why I'm Against Pre-Game Prayers Date: 10/5/2012 7:19 PM
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Quoted: We were frozen in shock and incredulity! What to do? To continue to stand and observe this prayer would represent a betrayal of our own faith and imply the honoring of a pagan deity that was anathema to our beliefs. To sit would be an act of extreme rudeness and disrespect in the eyes of our Japanese hosts and neighbors, who value above all other things deference and respect in their social interactions. I am sorry to say that in the confusion of the moment we chose the easier path and elected to continue to stand in silence so as not to create a scene or ill will among those who were seated nearby...

This young man needs a lesson in humility and good manners. Nothing more can be taken from this anecdote.


He "chose the easier path" - so he exhibited good manners (in much the same way as Christians expect others to fake it through their prayers). What else would you have expected him to do?

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