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Eliminating Prayer at NASCAR Races

The following chapter is from my book Observations of a Rational Mind.

CHAPTER 5

ELIMINATING PRAYER AT NASCAR RACES

 

You are progressing nicely, my beloved human. You’re dealing with the growing pains that come with evolving out of child-like ways of processing reality. Sure, it can be a little awkward and unsettling at first, but if you’ll just hang in there, you’ll soon be ready to experience the richness and responsibility that comes with adulthood.

            You’re no longer waiting for your invisible daddy to grant your wishes. Instead, you’re taking complete responsibility for the creation of your life-experience. You’re setting a goal (apple-tree) and you’re taking intelligent action in that direction (learning about apple-farming and planting apple-seeds).

            Now that we’ve covered what a waste of time praying is—in conjunction with how insulting it is to project your unsolicited prayers onto the lives of others, let’s make it real. Let’s talk NASCAR.

On September 11th, 2010, I experienced my first NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia. I never really liked NASCAR until I learned to appreciate the fact that it wasn’t just a driver making left turns. Once I took into consideration the teamwork involved in making a car successful, I began to appreciate the dynamics of the sport.

For example, the 23-year-old guy who’s responsible for changing the right-front tire with lightning-fast speed and accuracy decides he has “fallen in love” with a Richmond Hooters girl he met the previous night. This causes him to toss back one too many shots of Patron. He shows up the following day hungover and “off his game.” Now he could jeopardize the entire race. Missing that one lug-nut could cost the team valuable seconds, and in NASCAR, the race is won by fractions of seconds. This not only affects the team, but also affects the sponsors—who fork over millions of dollars to advertise their products. This negative effect trickles down to affect the company shareholders, the company employees, the customers, etc.

All because a young guy fell victim to the temptation of a hot Hooters girl.

You’ve got to love the sport when you take that into consideration. It’s a new city each weekend, chock full of new temptations—millions of dollars on the line. I can hear the guys now: “Hey baby. I’m work for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pit crew. Want some infield passes? We’ll be staying at the Hilton. Let’s hang out tonight. I’ll get you into the race tomorrow.”

Back to my race experience: Overall, I enjoyed it immensely. My former girlfriend came to town and we spontaneously decided to attend the race. The only complaint I have deals with the pre-race prayer. A week earlier, I listened in horror as I heard Joe Gibbs give the pre-race prayer, which, in essence, “thanked the Lord for sending his son, Jesus Christ, to the Earth to save us, because we’re all no-good, filthy sinners.”

I asked my Facebook friends how they felt about the pre-race prayer. Naturally, most of the Christians offered their support for the idea. They tried to make it seem like it wasn’t a big deal. Yet, when I asked them how they would feel if they were asked to bow their heads and pray to the Prophet Muhammad before the race, they were all suspiciously quiet.

Even after repeatedly asking them to answer my question, only one person was brave enough to do it—and he admitted that he wouldn’t feel comfortable. I told them that my date was Hindu, and asked them to consider the feelings of the Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, and Atheists who might be in attendance. The overall consensus was something like, “Get over it. Deal with it. This is America. America is a Christian nation.”

Unbeknownst to most people in this country, America is not a Christian nation. Most of our Founding Fathers were Deists. They were intelligent enough to see how delusional and potentially dangerous religious people could be, and that’s why they were so adamant about the separation of church and state.

Do your research.

My point is this: I paid $80 for two tickets to see a NASCAR race. I didn’t pay to have the religious ideas of one particular group forced upon me. Non-Christians shouldn’t be forced to bow their heads and participate in a public prayer in a stadium full of people. Either we pray to every God of every religion, or we eliminate the prayer altogether. Religious brainwashing has no place at a nationwide (televised) public sporting event.

It would seem that human beings would be waking up to the dangers of religious brainwashing since the events of 9/11. Yet, at a public sporting event on 9/11, the religious ideas of one group are still being imposed on others.

Think about it: Would you feel comfortable, here in America, if a Muslim group purchased NASCAR, and decided from that point forward, the pre-race prayer was going to be directed to Allah, and praise be to the Prophet Muhammad?

Don’t be a hypocrite.

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