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Why can't more schools take this approach?

School football team crosses the line in making non-Christian students feel isolated or excluded, and when a complaint is filed, instead of having a tantrum, the adult responsible says that yes, it's gotten out of hand, no it was never his intent to make anyone on the team(s) feel singled out, and that it won't be happening anymore.


Ultimately, isn't the point of a team supposed to be teaching EVERYONE to work together, not just a likeminded subgroup?  Seems a lot of the schools that choose to fight instead of acknowledge the pain they cause have missed that part of teamwork.


Asked by NotPanicking at 3:54 PM on Jul. 2, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:44 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • "Blessings."

    See, there's the veiled name-calling I was talking about. "Blessings" as it is written here is just a poorly disguised way of saying "Fuck you." And since, if you believe in Almighty God, who already knows your thoughts and the intent behind your words before they fall out of your unfortunately opened mouth, PTO, you have already sinned. There are many scholars who believe that "Thou shalt not kill" extends to damaging or hurtful words thrown at people, not just swords or arrows.

    Answer by Ballad at 5:56 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 8:31 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • Because apologizing is admitting that not everyone believes or should believe as they do.

    Answer by 3libras at 3:55 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • As well, the school is not meant to endorse religion, which is what praying mid-field does. Students are free to pray on their own - I haven't seen anywhere where it says they aren't - but the school is not allowed to endorse or require it.

    I'm just glad that the school is more mature and understanding than some people here. And I completely agree with the fact that a team engaging in that kind of "tradition" tends to foster an us and them within the team itself, which isn't conducive to a strong team.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:49 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • Respecting differences means allowing others to pray as they please, not being okay with team prayer. Respecting differences would be respecting that some people aren't comfortable with being put in the position of having to fake it or alienate themselves. Again, NO ONE is saying students can't pray. They just don't need to make a spectacle of it or have it be team "sponsored." And yes, a spectacle can be made without being loud. It's still a show, even if silent.

    Our faith is OUR responsibility. It is a PERSONAL matter, and if we want to pray there is NOTHING wrong with doing it in our own time instead of in front of an audience or expecting others to join in.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:03 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • Seriously, WTF does a football team "praying" have to do with a gay pride parade?!?

    Because the paranoid Christians in this post think that if you don't hail God at every turn and on every High school football field, the player will turn gay and start making out and twirling rainbow flags instead of play ball. Isn't that the way every homophobic red-herring goes? "OMG our kids coaches can't lead a public group prayer, god is being taken out of everything. the homosexual agenda is taking hold, the end is near, what a world, what a world, I'm melting".

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:07 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • but those who wanted to "Tebow" are now on the outside and can no longer do it.

    They should not have been doing it in the first place. Religious observances of any kind have NO place in school activities. Besides, it's a TEAM sport... not an individual sport... EVERYONE on the team needs to agree that is the kind of thing done to represent the TEAM. If it puts even one person on the outside it has NO place in team sports. Period.


    Answer by Crafty26 at 4:33 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • Do you have ANY literacy in religion?

    Perhaps you should get to know us a little better around here before you say shit like this... between this and telling NP she has a "fear of Christians" I can tell, and I repeat, you have no fucking clue... and not worth any more of my time... sigh...

    Answer by Crafty26 at 5:16 PM on Jul. 2, 2013

  • Do you have ANY literacy in religion? Do you realize that for some children their religion is apart of their culture and it is apart of who they are? You can't take it away from them because you don't have any. Sigh....


    Do you? Do you realize that by not praying publicly at a football game it is not taking ANYTHING away from their culture or religious beliefs.


    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:13 PM on Jul. 2, 2013