Christian Chain Letter in 2010
Analysis by David G. McAfee
Here is a letter that has been circulating for a few months now. It’s been attributed to several people but likely was written by none of them. So I left the names out of the copy I received and I’ll post the document itself. As hard as it was for me, I didn’t correct much of the grammar- so enjoy the ignorance followed by my analysis in red. Special thanks to Robin McQueen Mattingly for bringing this to my attention:
I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don’t agree with Darwin, but I didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his Theory of Evolution.
The reason you did not “go out and hire a lawyer” to fight the teaching of the Theory of Evolution in a high-school science class is primarily because it is not against federal law, or the Constitution, to do so. Our government has established a separation between Church and State which prohibits people from teaching Creationism in schools, because it is not science. The Theory of Evolution, however, is a factual, scientific, and observable process with millions of years of evidence. This is a false comparison and it shows, a little bit more clearly, WHY one wouldn’t hire a lawyer to fight the teaching of evolution; because they would LOSE.
Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what’s the big deal? It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.
But it’s a Christian prayer, some will argue.
Yes, and this is the United States of America and Canada, countries founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect — somebody chanting Hare Krishna?
If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.
If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.
If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.
And I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit.
When in Rome…..
Firstly, let me establish once again that there is a separation of Church and State that “our countries founders” put into place in order to keep people of any religion, sect, or non-religion, from imposing their beliefs directly on anybody else in a governmentally sanctioned way. Not to say that this doesn’t still happen, but the point remains valid that this isn’t an amendment that we ADDED to the Constitution- it’s the FIRST amendment that establishes that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So to say that our nation was founded on Christianity is a little extreme; though nobody can deny the influence that the religion has had on western society and the United States in particular.
Secondly, I’d like to say that, as a secular nation, you shouldn’t expect to hear any prayer at a government sanctioned event; if it is a privately owned football team, feel free to host a prayer of your choosing! That’s the beauty of freedom of religion. Jerusalem is not a secular state, neither is Baghdad; so yes, you would probably hear a prayer to God or Allah respectively, but China (while there are many Buddhists there as well as Christians and many other religions) retains a communist, atheist, government- so probably no prayers, there! In addition to that, I don’t think they really “pray to The Buddha” It’s usually more of a deep meditation guided toward enlightenment, but that’s neither here nor there.
But what about the atheists? Is another argument.
What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humour us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!
Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.
Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.
God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well, just sue me.
I don’t even know where to begin with this passage. It is not the responsibility of the secular individual to “bring a walkman or a pair of earplugs” to keep from hearing your mythological worship stories, or using the archaic practice of petitionary prayer in which you selfishly pray for God to help with the things in your life (i.e. winning a football game) and ignore all of the devastation and disease in the world. Besides, If God is truly omnipotent, omniscient, and all-loving, he knows what to do in every situation- rendering prayer useless. By the way, the reason you are Christian (as opposed to non-religious or affiliated with some other religion) is explicitly outlined in this statement: “Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.” When something as powerful as a religion is forced on you with such severity as a child, it would be surprising if you didn’t believe; but open up your mind once in a while and you might see that there are thousands of religions with similar mythology; why is Christianity the right one?
The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we tell that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn’t care what they want. It is time that the majority rules! It’s time we tell them, “You don’t have to pray; you don’t have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honour Him. That is your right, and we will honour your right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!”
God bless us one and all…Especially those who denounce Him, God bless America and Canada, despite all our faults, we are still the greatest nations of all. God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.
The majority of Americans, which are Christian, have been anything but silent if you are looking at historical record of prayer in the US. There is constantly somebody trying to challenge the First Amendment, including a candidate for senate in this last election cycle. The surprising statistic is the 17-19% of people that consider themselves atheist/agnostic/nonreligious. That is an enormous majority that hasn’t yet been mobilized in the United States. By the way, I don’t think our servicemen are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God, but what do I know?! 😉
Let’s make 2010 the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions. And our military forces come home from all the wars.
Keep looking up.
If you agree with this, please pass it on.
If not delete it.
I won’t pass it on, or delete it; thank you very much. This chain letter belongs in the “analyze and ridicule” department.