Thursday, October 27, 2005

Coach's Prayers With Players Out of Bounds

For 22 years, high school football coach Marcus Borden has led his team in prayer prior to games. Three weeks ago, East Brunswick, New Jersey, school officials told him to stop because his actions violated the separation of church and state. In protest, Borden resigned, only to return to the sidelines last week to challenge what he believes is . . . an infringement of his First Amendment rights. He hopes his attorney "will be able to show that what we do is nothing more than Americana, what's done everywhere in the United States. It's part of football tradition." The American Football Coaches Association reports that more than half of the country's high school football coaches pray with their teams.

5 Comments:

At Thursday, October 27, 2005 2:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe he returned to work because he likes to eat but too ashamed to admit he has worldly needs so he protests under the cloak of Free Speech.

 
At Sunday, October 30, 2005 7:04:00 PM, Anonymous BGH said...

If this sort of thing does not ignite us Christians then we deserve all we get. The definite minority is wagging the dog folks. Our parents sat back in the early fifties and let a small group of people influence us in such a way that prayer was taken out of our public schools and look at them now. Christians unite and stand up for prayer - anywhere and anytime.

 
At Tuesday, November 01, 2005 4:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to your bibles...

Matthew 6:5-6 (King James Version)
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 
At Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:00:00 PM, Anonymous BGH said...

So, anonymous, you promote no public display of prayer whatsoever? If you are going to direct anyone to scripture I suggest you understand the context in which it was written. The religious leaders of Jesus' day were being obnoxious with their tendered prayers so Jesus was speaking to them and their self righteous attitudes. I would suggest that it is a good idea for those watching football to see their heroes knealing before their God in prayer offerings. Who knows, it might lead others to do the same!

Does it offend you to see individuals or families bowing their heads and praying "thanks" for their meals?

 
At Monday, November 14, 2005 11:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This issue is a perfect example of the mis-communication between Christians or those who strongly believe in state-condoned prayer and those who oppose it. The difference is not in sincerity or ritcheousness, the difference is merely in perspective.

As a Jewish person, this is my perspective. I had been involved growing up in some private activities (non-school related) where Prayer by was invoked and I was the only Jewish person present. The ten seconds it took for these individuals to invoke their religion and spirituality seemed like ten years to me. There is no more alienating feeling on the planet than for a young, impressionable adolescant than to feel simply like they don't belong. Like they are 'freaks' because they were raised differently or had different beliefs.

Unfortunately, I was so intimidated by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in school, I did not even attempt to play organized sports for fear of being subjected to the same percieved ostracization.

When I object to prayer done with a football team, it has absolutely nothing to do any dis-respect towards the faith of the majority. It has everything to do with the dignity of the minority. I love living in a country which promises me in the Second Amendment to it's Constitution that the Government cannot establish it's own religion.

Many Christians argue that the prayer in such situations isn't very much and is easily tolerable. I get the feeling that Christians view this topic from the standpoint that they feel their own religion is under attack when they are told they cannot conduct these prayers.

Though I cannot blame them for feeling this way, my thought is that amongst our two different perspectives the true tension lies between whether Christians or non-Christians should have to sacrifice thier wants in this situation. Either Christians will have to accept no prayer in these situations or those who oppose will have to tolerate prayer the best they can.

My opinion is this: Every student and teacher in every public school gets 16 or 17 hours a day where they can practice their faith at home. If that is not enough, and they feel they need to have it more frequently or be more integral to the curriculum then they always have the choice of private education.

To ask the reverse, I think is unreasonable. Non-Christian Adolescants should not be told to have 'thick skin' when they are made to feel isolated and different when the entire team prays but you.

Further, though you may feel Christianity is under attack when a coach is told not to pray with his team, I view it entirely differently. We have a conservative President, Senate, Congress and 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices that are Republican and/or conservative. I live in a State where our Courts, legislature and governor is Conservative. Our voters recently over-whelming rejected homosexual's right to marry. I'm sorry, Christianity hasn't been a victim anywhere in America recently despite what we hear on every a.m. radio station these days.

Thank you for your attenion.

 

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