The essay I am about to read to you has been attributed to Andy Rooney and also to Paul Harvey.  While both men over their decades long careers said bits and pieces of the essay, neither man actually wrote the piece.  The closet attribution is to a gent named Nick Gholson in a column he wrote about prayer at football games back in 1999.  However, even his version is not close to word for word of what I am about to read.  So why am I going to read it?

The progressive liberals use the mis-attribution as grounds to impeach the entire sentiment.  If the attribution is wrong, then the essay has no meaning.  Well, back in 1998, Paul Harvey read an open letter from God and in it he read about attribution for the authors of the Bible.  Does the fact that Paul wasn’t actually reading a letter from God or that man and not God wrote the Bible mean the lessons from the Bible are wrong or that God himself doesn’t exist?  In today’s episode I will argue that this is exactly the point of the Progressive dogma, but first, the mis-attributed essay:

Folks, this is the year that we RE-TAKE AMERICA!

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.

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, 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 ……

“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 humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of earplugs. 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.

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 honor Him.”

That is your right, and we will honor 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…God bless America! Despite all our faults we are still the greatest nation of all. God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.

Let’s make 2019/2020 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. Amen!

I’ll start by echoing the tag line…keeping looking up.  Amen.  It is through the strength of our Heavenly Father that we will gather the strength to defeat the Progressive dogma.  Evil exists and is often camouflaged amongst partial truths.  This is the most potent weapon of the Progressive, partial truth…as is partial un-truth.  In the case of this essay,  the logic behind the sentiment is as obvious as the nose on my face, but because the author is mis-attributed, the Progress mind dismisses everything out of hand.

In my opinion, this essay was clearly written by a common sense conservative.  They tried to use popular names to gain attention rather than spend the time to correctly attribute the words or, better yet, take create for authorship.  It was Saint Ambrose back in the 4th century AD who is attributed for the phrase “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  The author of this essay, I think is following Saint Ambrose’ suggestion.  “And now the rest of the story…”. Ok, I can’t take credit for that one!

The words of this essay are obviously true.  Nobody would be hurt by a 30 second prayer before a football game.  America was founded on Christian values and as such one should expect such utterance as Praise God or Amen.  The obviousness of the sentiment makes Progressives look really bad, so they default to their self-ascribed power of discounting everything because of one obvious error.  Never-mind they don’t use the same rule on their own doings…example, President Trump didn’t hold back aid and the investigate of Vice President Binden’s son never happen…no matter, the Quid-Pro-Quo is charged anyway.

This essay must be destroyed because the simplicity of the message is devastating to the Progressive agenda.  Don’t listen, go to the bathroom, tune out, or do something else for the few seconds while the rest of us say a prayer.  As conservatives, as I’ve highlighted in this podcast several times, we’ve turned the other cheek time and time again when challenged by those offend by God, prayer, or anything having to do with Make America Great Again.

The greatest sin of the essay (to the Progressive dogma) is the instructions for fighting back.  No, no, no…they’ll have none of that talk.  How dare you tell me I can just sit out of saying the Pledge of Allegiance, no I must squash you and prevent the 98% of America who wishes to recite allegiance to the greatest nation or earth from doing so.  The Progressive agenda is to use our even temperament again us to squash normal dialogue and frustrate us from continued participation.  This essay highlights the absurdity of the argument and challenges the reader to question the new politically correct norm.

Allow me to take a side trip for a few moments to build on this item that Progressives selectively use social norms to push their agenda.  Imagine for a moment an atheist puts their child in a muslim school in Minneapolis.  In the morning, children in the school are required to kneel on a prayer rug facing east and recite praise to Muhammad.  What do you think would be the response from the Progressive leaders should that atheist parent complain that their child is being forced to pray?  We don’t have to imagine, we have a real life example…not in a muslim school, but in a public school.

In February 2017 the Duluth News Tribune published a story entitled “It makes you feel you belong’: Schools provide Muslim students space, time for daily prayers.”  Here is the section I wish to discuss today:

“It is their religion, Islam.

For the strictly devout, it requires praying five times a day. Praying as a congregation at the local mosque is required on Fridays.

That means those students must carve out one or two 10-minute breaks to pray during school, depending on the time of year.

It happens quietly at Pelican Rapids High School, in an out-of-the-way stairwell and a nearby elevator alcove.

Students leave one class a bit early, arrive to the next a bit late, and in-between, kneel and render their devotions to God.

It’s a small thing, but it means the world to the students.”

It is the atheist parent who complains about the football team saying a prayer before a football game and how offensive it is to their non-religious senses that is must be stopped.  However, in the public school where Islam is in play, the author quoted a student as saying “America is a freedom country…if the most important thing is religion in your life, and someone gives you the freedom to do what you want to do with your religion, you have this sense of feeling that you are accepted.”

The article does talk about the challenge of religion in school, but does so in favor of the time given to students practicing their Islamic faith.  The reason for allowing it, so long as “…they do so quietly, don’t disrupt the work of others and don’t subject fellow students to peer pressure.”  In essence, the prayer time is allowed so long as it doesn’t interfere with the school day.

Here is the bit-o-truth the Progressive counts on from common sense conservatives…we agree.  Time for prayer should be granted so long as it doesn’t interfere with the school activities.  So the Progressive leadership uses our permissive (live and let live) mentality again us.  Later in the article the author highlights that a soccer game was rescheduled because it conflicted with a Islamic holiday.

One would thing the rest of the article would be about the atrocities of how the atheist student’s right are trampled by the Muslim students be granted freedoms of religious practice on public school grounds when the constitution clearly demands separate of church and state.  Going back to our mis-attributed essay, the obviousness of the idea that a 30-second prayer will not disrupted the freedoms of anyone who witnesses it, the same is said for the two schools who had to change their schedule to accommodate an Islamic holiday.  However, in one case the Progressives are dismissing the idea where Christianity is involved and endorsing the idea when the faith is Muslim.

I must pause here and highlight that I am not against prayer in school of any kind and I believe most common sense conservatives feel as I do.  My thesis is not to ban the Muslim kids and allow the Christian kids to pray…no my thesis is the Progressive dogma is to use selective allowance of religious practice to destroy America.  It is time we, as conservatives, do as the unknown author of our essay suggests and fight back.

So how?  How do you fight when the media deck is stacked against you?

With solemn prayer and a good attorney.  We are well past the point of live and let live, we have to fight fire with fire.  If you want your children to pray at school, collect some like minded parents together and force the school board to grant rights.  If they don’t give allowances, then sue them.  Reach out to organizations to help fund the effort.  Start a kick-start campaign to raise money to fight the Christian version of Islamophobia.  Interesting note, there is no term to describe the attack on Christians like that is against Islam.  That should tell you something about the keepers of the dictionary.  Persecution of Christians doesn’t even merit a term like Islamophobia.  Why not?  Because like the effort against a common sense essay mis-attributed to the wrong author, Progressives do not want to make it easy to challenge their dogma.

To quote the unknown author:

Let’s make 2019/2020 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. Amen!

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