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Supreme Court ruling on prayer case

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Shaul, Jun 28, 2022.

  1. Shaul

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    So only allow secular forces to indoctrinate these putative powerless into harmful teachings?
     
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    Is there any evidence whatsoever that this coach
    A. Expected any student to join him in prayer ?
    B. Singled out any student who did not join him?

    Should the court rule on what someone is "perfectly capable" of doing?

    Should a cop pull over a driver for doing nothing wrong, and ticket said driver because he's perfectly capable of breaking the speed limit?

    Im certainly no fan of teachers or coaches leading students in prayer in public schools. As a Jewish person who went to public school in this county, I can assure you I wouldn't tolerate it.

    But if the coach knelt in prayer AFTER the game, when nobody is expected to stick around and/or join him, then I don't think he's done anything wrong.
     
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    He mad a public show of his false piety. Of course he expected his team to join him.
     
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    I'm not sure you know the man well enough to judge the nature of his piety.

    Of course, you say? What makes you say so?
     
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    Whatever his intentions may have been, the most important detail is whether or not students had the right to walk away/decline to participate.

    Did the other thread address that?
     
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    No, because the right to walk away is obvious.
    Do you believe that public school staff of any religion
    should be free to proselytize, given that students may
    refuse to participate?
     
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    That was not proselytizing.
    That was a simple prayer.
    Christians are the most tolerant people on Earth. The most tolerant religious group on Earth. And what do they get in return? Intolerance. Because if they were intolerant, they would ban religions which challenge their own beliefs, such as LHP and similar.
     
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    Proselytize? No.

    Offer his own prayer? Yes.

    The question is, if someone didn't join him, did that someone suffer consequences as a result?


    In high school I was in theater. One year I was asked to help out a private catholic school with their production of Fiddler On the Roof. Before the show, most of the cast would gather around to pray.

    Seeing as how this was a private, religious school, it may seem neither here nor there. But the fact is that I wasn't expected to join. And if I was, nobody made a big deal about the fact that I didn't.
    The fact that i could decline, free from consequence, made it clear that this wasn't proselytizing... it was just religious people praying.

    As far as I'm concerned, the coach can ask whatever he wants as long as the student can say no.
     
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    Perhaps you didn't read how the coach refused accommodation
    to pray less visibly. And how he intended it to affect students.
    So there's more to it than "simple" prayer.
     
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    This is a change in the legal standard.
    Where before, personal prayer was allowed, now
    it can be with color of authority, & it's up to the
    students to affirmatively decline participation,
    ie, their refusal is knowable to those in charge
    of them.
    Would you be OK with a public school principal
    leading the school in a prayer to Satan, with
    compliance or refusal being known to all staff?
     
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    If he's not keeping anybody from leaving, and he's not punishing students who don't join him, i don't care how visible he is.
     
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    I do. He is not following the Bible he was making a show. If you are a Christian how do you not know how Jesus himself told you to pray?


    Logic. You should try it some day.
     
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    Your question has no bearing on my position. The answer is no.

    But if a Satanist wanted to kneel on the 50 yard line after the game and hail satan, as long as nobody was being forced to participate, then by all means, let him.
     
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    No need to condescend. I asked you to defend your position.

    If you're unable to do so, just say so.

    If you're unwilling to do so, say nothing.

    You chose to be unpleasant.
    Good luck with that.
     
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    You don't care.
    But this is a new legal standard, one which allows
    public schools to institutionalize prayer by staff.
    It signals a return to what I saw in the 50s & 60s,
    when teachers led Christian prayer & told Bible
    stories in class.
    You can glibly say there's no punishment, but this
    can happen with subtlety because of bias against
    those not sharing the official/dominant religion.

    I wonder if the door is open now for Satanists,
    Scientologists, atheists, etc to exort students to
    reject gods, & pursue non-Christian values?
     
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    That may depend on the group.

    I've dealt with some pretty intolerant Christians. I was on a neighborhood association in which another member told me he would not work with me because I wasn't a Christian. I got my art scribbled all over because someone deemed it wasn't 'Christian'(it wasn't anything; the art wasn't religious at all, yet...) I've been told that my participation wasn't appreciated in other activities because I wasn't Christian(not to mention general bullying). I have no doubt any of those folks would be happy to make my(or anyone else's) faith illegal, if it didn't match theirs. And all this is mild compared to the intolerance my husband faced growing up in the American south(yes, physical violence was involved).

    Its not only Christians. I've been bullied by others in differing faith/nonfaith groups, too. I'm just not sure I'd say they're the most tolerant bunch on Earth. I really don't know who'd I'd award that to. (Hm. Maybe Jains....)
     
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    Au contraire, it has great relevance.
    Generally, Christians who want school prayer back
    don't imagine that allowing their prayers would also
    mean allowing competing religions.
    This illustrates the problem that many people want
    their religion institutionalized in public schools, but
    not ones they dislike. That poses major constitutional
    problems for the courts, ie, some religions must have
    favor compared to others.
    We're not talking about just any Satanist, but a coach or
    other school official, who may now induce others to
    participate (as did this guy).
     
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    Does it really though? if the athletes on the field are free to simply walk away, is it institutionalized?

    I would need evidence of this happening. The mere possibility is not enough. My car can exceed 120 mph. Doesn't mean I should get a ticket while driving the speed limit because of what's possible.

    I don't yet see how coach praying after the game rises to the level of proselytization.
     
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    No, you asked rather rudely. And you have not acknowledged your errors. You have no right to expect a polite reply.
     
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    there were not "free to walk away". Peer pressure at that age and especially on a team like that is intense.

    The people that are not doing anything wrong should not be the ones that walk away.
     
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