Post by Davej
If all theists did was write books no one would complain. The problem
is that Christians want to pray over the loudspeaker system at the
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for
they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of
the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into
thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret..."
Owners of stadiums, be they a unit of government, a private
firm or a public-private partnership, regularly RENT such spaces
to many kinds of groups, including religious ones. I've no
problem with that, if it is done at a market price, and one faith
doesn't get preference over another, or over secular groups.
Now, if you are referencing the playing fields at government-
owned schools and universities, where the mikes are handed
over to "team chaplains" or student "prayer leaders" to give
invocations before games _for free_ then I join you in deploring
this state aid to religion. It's the same situation at government
meetings where the taxpayer subsidizes religious expression and
in many cases secular "invocations" are not allowed.
The ghod-botherers can rent an empty room, or pay a fee to erect a
pavilion in the parking lot and have their ritual there. Put their
little tent downwind of where the Booster Club is selling grilled
hot dogs to the fans. The state has to allow religious expression,
but it shouldn't subsidize it. Refusing to subsidize something is
not oppressing it.
Arguably, the biggest "religion" getting government subsidies in
the US is the worship of collegiate and professional spectator
sports, I say this as a pretty big sports fan, myself. My
ball team starts its gane in 10 minutes, and my hockey team is
dropping the puck for its playoff game at 8 tonight. I'll be