To The Editor:The atheist who complained about a short prayer for the safety of the players at the Bradley [Central High School] stadium before a football game [is] insecure and a coward. Anyone who …
To The Editor:
The atheist who complained about a short prayer for the safety of the players at the Bradley [Central High School] stadium before a football game [is] insecure and a coward. Anyone who complains and won't sign their name is weak in their stand.
[The complainant] was out of line in his/her complaints, because his/her rights were not violated. No one forced him/her to remain in his/her seat and no one tried to force a religion on him/her. A prayer was offered to "a" God for the safety of the players in a football game. No one specified what God it was being offered to.
The Constitution states freedom of religion from states simply means the state cannot dictate what religion the citizens must have. Although he/she stated court cases as examples, he/she never stated, "I believe I was forced to believe in a religion."
I believe his/her cowardly complaint to have a prayer not be offered because he/she did not agree with it is a little out of line. Next time he/she goes to a game and he/she does not want to hear a prayer, simply leave the stadium while others who want to hear it can hear it.
When he/she goes into a store, he/she wouldn't expect all the pickles be removed from the store because he doesn't like them.
Those attending the game have every right to hear the prayer. This is called freedom of speech.
— Hazel Steel
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