Football, Apple Pie & The Lord's Prayer
conlawprof at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 28 09:55:25 PDT 2000
The subject of this thread made the front page of
yesterday's New York Times, the secular Bible. (I love
that Sunday Times commercial that practically says
"this [reading the Sunday Times with a cup of gourmet
coffee] is what rational, intelligent people do on
Sunday mornings while the unwashed are at church.")
It looks like this could become one of the largest,
popular uprisings in support of religious liberty in
many years. The Times reports that the crowd prayed
the Lord's Prayer at "scores" of high school games
throughout the South, and suggested that this is only
the beginning of a movement that, I predict, will
spread like wildfire.
Some school districts went too far and sponsored the
prayers. But most of the prayers seem to have been
started by students and their parents. My favorite
example is the radio station that allowed a pastor to
pray at the beginning of its coverage of the game and
encouraged those at the game to turn up their radios
(who needs a public address system when you have
hundreds of radios tuned to the same station). This is
not civil disobedience, because it violates no law.
But it is a stirring example of civil action--of the
people rising up to claim a place for religion in the
public square. I haven't dared hope for America in
many years; but today I hope. --Rick Duncan
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