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In Response To: Is There Too Much "God" in Football?
It fascinates me to read topic discussions such as this one. Is there too much God in football? Really folks? To listen to some of the posters on this forum, one would think that we live in the midst of an oppressive dictatorship, being forced at gunpoint to convert to a given religion or to bear witness to unspeakable atrocities. Even now we find ourselves in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, in the middle of two wars, and at the turning point of a new political administration. This does not even begin to say anything about past atrocities such as the Holocaust, ethnic and religious cleansing, the crusades, and on and on you can go. These are oppressions, these are life altering events that cause one to take pause. That we are even having a discussion about football players expressing their constitutional right to free speech and expression is difficult to understand. As a Christian myself, watching someone give praise to Allah does not threaten my belief nor does it make me unable to enjoy the activity I'm currently partaking in. If the situation does get offensive, I have the choice to go somewhere else, or to ignore the situation and continue on my way. I cannot, however deny them of their right, without also denying myself of my own right to expression and speech. If football players praying at the end of a football game bothers you so much that it shakes the core of your beliefs, you have the ability to turn off the tv, to walk away from the field of play, or to not pay attention. If you are secure enough in whatever your beliefs may be, you can simply ignore the act going on before you, in the same way you ignore someone yelling on the street corner when you walk by. At the end of the day, it's hard to have a discussion about restricting one persons rights while not also asking yourself if you should stop talking because your furthering your own agenda in the same breath. It's one of great constitutional paradoxes that makes this country so great, every one has the right to express themselves within the confines of the law, even if those around them don't like what they have to say. Football is not a state run organization, so to even mention of church and state is irrelevant. Football is simply entertainment, and no one is forced to watch or attend this entertainment. The commissioner of the NFL is not your leader any more so than the head pastor of so and so church or synagogue, and they do not possess any power over any one of you to alter your course of action. To wrap this up, we know nothing of what its like to be truly oppressed in this country, and if having to watch football players in a privately run football game pray afterward is the worst "oppression" we ever witness, we should all be truly thankful for it. Welcome to America, the home of the brave and the free.
Posted By: skinsfan80 | February 4, 2009 2:51 PM
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