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As a non-Christian, I would have no problem reciting this prayer. In fact, I would welcome it. It's quite lovely.
Excuse me, while I hit this sky hook.
Thanks. I did my best to educate them, but some men you just can't reach. I did get a very nice invitation to visit Alaska to do manly things though. Unfortunately, it will be my only appearance, as I am no longer allowed to post on their site. Apparently, if you have an IQ above 80 and are able to use you're and your correctly, you can't post on their site.
I think everyone is jumping on the OP a little much. Raised throughout my life as a Christian, I view this topic with mixed feelings. Before and after a game, it is quite universal to call upon a higher power to protect the players (before the game) and thank that power (after the game). However, we in the modern USA do have an expected degree of church/state separation, and obviously many here would question a professor leading an econ class in prayer before an exam. Similarly, what if the pre- or post- game prayer was Buddhist, or Muslim, or Jewish? How would that feel? Therefore, as a thinking follower of Christ who appreciates tolerance, I think it is healthy for the OP to bring this up for discussion.
Ask Oday Aboushi how he feels about it.
That's how I feel. But somehow, I'm viewed as a troll for expressing this...
If some of you recall, Thomas Jefferson was one of the first proponents of a separation of church and state. That notion eventually made its way into the First Amendment. In my opinion, from watching this video, religion is being incorporated. I'm not trying to criticize London, I'm just saying this may be viewed the wrong way, especially by people who are looking for bad things to say about London (ie. Hokies).
There's also almost no chance of getting hurt during an econ class. If I was an athlete, and my coach felt a prayer, regardless of religion, would protect me, I'd be all for it. If my coach was trying to convert me, then I'd have a problem. What CML is doing here, IMO, is harmless and shows to me he truly cares about his players.
IQ of 80. You give them too much credit.
Having some religion is a good thing, maybe you should try some. It can’t hurt right.
I'm not saying I'm not religious. I'm simply playing devil's advocate and trying to look at this from a 3rd party perspective.
Really , you want to start this ?? What are you trying to start here, why would you even want to start a thread like this ???? Gimme a break, much more that I could say, but I have learned from the past that some things are just better left unsaid.Yes I downvoted you, and yes, all of my coaches had the same policy.
lol... why are you concerned? Only at UVa. Never ceases to amaze me.
I have always done the lords prayer before a game since 8thI grade. Every coach did it, if you didn't wish to do it you didn't. It was never forced on anyone.
I feel you may be overreacting a little.
Can someone who down voted this explain why they did? I don't care about the votes themselves, just curious where the disagreement is with my post since no one actually responded to it.
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C.O. Salem: Did you just have a brain fart, Lieutenant?
Lt. Jordan O'Neil: Begging your pardon, sir?
C.O. Salem: Did you just waltz in here and bark at your commanding officer? Because if you did, I would call that a bona fide brain fart, and I resent it when people FART inside my office!
I was raised Southern Baptist and when I was living as a born again believer few things riled me up like people wanting to stop prayer in public places simply to be PC or whatever.
Now I'm no longer a theist, and there's a little part of me that isn't fully rational that cringes when I see the entire team being led in the Lord's prayer, so I understand your concern on this.
That said, I will say this: Mike London has no obligation to hide his faith to make sure everyone on the team is comfortable. In fact I would hate to be a part of a team where my coach or my fellow players weren't free to be true to their convictions, nor would I want to fight in the trenches next to guys who didn't have the courage to express the truth as they understand it.
If someone is of another mindset, they can prepare in their own way and just hold their brothers' hand and respect their faith. If Oday Aboushi wants to do another prayer, no one on the team is gonna say boo to him, and I doubt Oday would say London has made him or any others on the team who aren't Christians feel unwelcome in any way.
Ultimately the responsibility for expressing convictions falls on each individual. If someone isn't a believer they have as much a right to stand up and say it as Mike or a player does to proclaim Jesus their Lord and Savior... and I hope our team is made of guys willing to have that kind of integrity. I just think those on the team who are brothers in Christ make up a majority, and that's likely to be the case as London will be attractive to recruits who are seeking a coach who will also be a sound Christian mentor. And I'm 100% cool with that, as a nonbeliever.
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Ask Oday Aboushi. I did. I sensed how it could be viewed by him, a Muslim, and cringed at the response. Oday smiled and said the expression of faith by an individual or group fashion was what made Virginia special. Oday would have declared for the draft and departed for the next level if this was an issue.
Well that addresses any doubt and concerns. Thanks, Jay!
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