Thursday, February 28, 2013
Pray for American Youth
Prayer in sports --- should it be allowed or banned? There are people on both side of the issue; however, I am 100% for prayer in sports. Last time I checked, America was founded on the belief of God and the freedom of religion. Our great Nation is “One Nation Under God” (http://tinyurl.com/bxk4qrr) not “One Nation Under Nothing"!
In East Brunswick, N.J., Coach Borden is defending himself in a courtroom over praying with his football team before games. Coach Wolf, a coach at Brick Township High School, supports Borden’s stance on prayer by exclaiming “When you pray, you pray that nobody gets hurt on either team. You pray that God looks after all the boys playing in the game. If that's wrong, I don't understand why." (http://tinyurl.com/acct9a9). Based on my research regarding the issue of prayer in sports, the majority of people that were offended by prayer were the people in the stands not the players.
Gary Bergel wrote an article on the 1962 law which banned prayer in schools and stated that since that time there has been a moral decline in youth, family, and education (http://tinyurl.com/386wfmt). Yet, a 2008 Gallup poll revealed that 94% of Americans believe in God or the existence of a universal spirit (http://tinyurl.com/bb7o5kd).
Should a nation founded on God really change everything that it was founded on and stands for simply to make a vocal minority happy? Is prayer hurting anyone? No one is holding a gun to anyone’s head making them pray. Coaches and players pray more than anything out of superstition. Has our great nation really come to this? If prayer is not allowed in schools and athletics then we might as well be a country that doesn’t allow the freedom of religion. Banning of prayer is the persecution of God-fearing American people.