Just heard about prayer after game

If nobody was forced to pray, than I don’t see an issue. Stop knocking on Christianity.

(name withheld)

Response by MRFF Board of Advisor Mike Farrell

Hi (name withheld),

Would you see an issue it they were “told” to pray, if they were “told” to get on their knees and pray to Jesus? Is that an appropriate thing for the person in charge to do?

Nobody here is “knocking on Christianity.” What we oppose is just exactly what you apparently don’t recognize, which is the imposition of one belief system over others by those in authority. Try reading the First Amendment.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)



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  1. R. Audibert

    As an atheist and West Point graduate, I do not see the constitutional freedom of religion as an issue for raised tempers. That some of the West Point coaches and players consider it appropriate to offer a prayer seems like a good thing, not one appropriate for public censure.
    There’s absolutely no reason this kind of incident should be shouted from the mountaintops. As it played out it is an obvious, cheap tactic to attract donations, and calm, reasoned discussions are not as effective at that, though would surely be more effective at solving the problem on which you’re working.
    A quiet communication with the authorities suggesting the coach allow those not inclined to pray to go take their showers would produce less strife, would avoid bad feelings among team members who must trust each other, and would accomplish your purpose. Your public glee and the media carnival spurs divisiveness instead of leading the way to improvement in a professional manner.

  2. d

    As a military family we don’t understand why you would not just ask that members that don’t want to pray be excused. I believe that they already are not under any pressure to participate. Your actions to wipe out any form of spirituality from the military is inexcusable. Freedom of speech may not be completely allowed in the military, and keep your opinion to yourself is the norm, but it not right to suffocate others into your views. Bibles in the desks?. That is like the hotel rooms. If you don’t want to open it you don’t! Leave this alone.

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