The Filibuster

When the Catholic church complained about teams playing/opening their
season on Good Friday, you guys were all over it – “reminding” us all
of the separation of Church and State. So, will we also get a public
reminder of that over the New York Congressman writing to Uncle Bud
complaining about ESPN’s decision to move the Red Sox-Yankees game to
8pm on September 27th and the fact that it started after sundown on Yom
Kippur. MLB & ESPN caved and the game will be played at 1pm and
shown only on ESPN. Is one religious holiday more “holy” then another?
Where is the public outcry? Inquiring minds want to know your opinion.

Julia
Julia’s Rants
Massachusetts
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church and state.jpgDespite what they may tell you in church, or temple or mosque or whatever… the founding fathers of our great US American nation had a pretty good sense of how detrimental, confusing and manipulative the institution of the Church could be to the sanctity of the State.  Of course, these men were no angels, but they did know enough to make it clear that the two entities should never intersect — one shouldn’t influence the other.

Unfortunately, even after hundreds of years, those pesky little zealots continue to infiltrate where they shouldn’t.  They meddle in my schools.  They lobby in my government.  And now they are sticking their hypocritical hands into my national pastime

And I don’t like it.

You see, dear readers, to be frank, I really don’t care if you are religious or not.  If you choose to put all your faith in recycled fairy tales that is most definitely your choice, your right.  I will not judge you because I don’t really care and I don’t claim to know the answer to any of those questions that religion supposedly answers either.  I just know that it isn’t for me.  But when it comes to your life, it’s your life and you should be allowed to live it however you want.

But in return for this congenial act of courtesy, I ask that religious folk kindly extend me the same respect.  Don’t tell me I’m going to hell.  Don’t tell me what I should believe.  Don’t stick your nose in my bedroom.  Don’t blow up my cities.  Don’t tell my kids (speaking for the future) that they have to pray before algebra class.  Stay out of my business and I’ll stay out of yours.

And that includes my game.

Just stay out of it.  If a game is being played during your ‘holy’ day then don’t go to the game.  And don’t complain about it.  What’s so hard about that?  I don’t complain when you want to say a prayer before dinner.  I just let you do it and go about my business.  Because I respect your decisions, your choices, your thoughts.

Doesn’t mean I have to believe them or practice them. 

New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, the one responsible for sparking this childish debate, said:

“Practicing your
religion shouldn’t conflict with rooting for your home team.”

Likewise, Congressman, your religion should not conflict with how I or a baseball team or television network goes about business.  Isn’t religion all about sacrifice?  Then sacrifice the game.  Forget the game.  Go do your thing and keep everyone else out of it.

The Tigers didn’t give in to the Catholics in April.  They made the right choice.

ESPN and MLB shouldn’t have caved in to the Jewish faith on this matter either; because now they’re forcing me to live my life how they want me to live it… and I ain’t down with that. 

King Bud screwed up again.

It’s sorta his m.o.

Hate me ‘cuz I don’t like religion forced down my throat, just don’t hate me ‘cuz — as a baseball fan and as a US American — I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

14 Comments

Great post, Jeff! I couldn’t have said it better myself. (I especially don’t think anyone should stick their nose in your bedroom. :)

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Great post!!!! And really – if the change in time meant I didn’t have to listen to ESPN then I would have been delighted – but since I still have to hear their “oh, so stellar announcers” don’t mess with it!! Thanks guys and CONGRATS on being #2 on the Latest Leader’s List (FYI – while I am Catholic – I could not agree more – religion needs to be separate from State and sports – though here in Boston? Sports is a religion! lol!)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Abso-frickin-lutely! Of course, you are much kinder than I would be. People that believe in that crap are just fking delusional, period.
–Jonestein

Right on. Just another reason why I can’t stand “organized” religion.

Greg
Red Sox Ramblings: http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

Too follow up. What does it matter what time a baseball game is being played since (according to Wiki ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Kippur):

“Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.”

If your praying and fasting all day, where do you have time to watch a ball game??? And if it starts at sundown and goes for 25 hours, what about the other games that are still being played in that time period???

What do I know, though?

Jane — Thanks. Means somethin’ comin’ from you ;-)
Julia — Thanks for the good question. Timely and necessary.
Jonestein — I dig your style, so I’d be very interested to see what YOU have to say about it.
Greg — I’m with ya! And I agree, if it’s that important, then baseball should take a backseat… and I should get their tickets.
–Jeff

People are so self-righteous and self-absorbed these days…it really scares me sometimes.
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

A-MEN.
So ridiculous. I’m sick of religion sucking the life out of everything. Baseball?! Really? Is nothing [out of the realm of religion] sacred anymore?

– Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

There should be one high Holy day in baseball—October 28th. That’s because it’s my birthday.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/

I couldn’t agree with you more Jeff… a subject I could write a book on, so I’ll just leave it at this… at least you can see Albert…
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

IBDB — It’s a never-ending horror flick.
Lisa — Paris Hilton. She’s sacred (to some).
Prince — Was that a subtle hint?
Peter — Gotta say that makes it a good day.
–Jeff

Really? Religion is being “shoved down” your throats? I live here in the Midwest, and I have never had any religion shoved at me, nor have I ever been made to feel uncomfortable while discussing someones Else’s faith. Perhaps because I am a conservative, I am more tolerant of different cultures, and ideologies. What confuses me is, why do liberals feel so “under attack” from religion? Why does it seem like Christians are there only adversaries? Why do they curl up and play victim to harmless faith-based groups? They say they are tolerant, but as soon as they see a cross, they are “victims”. Curious, to me.

Thanks for the comment, Dezmo68. We’re very open to all ideas, thoughts, opinions. Every single one counts and should be heard. Let me just clarify: nothing was actually “shoved down my throat”. No one was hurt. “Shoved down my throat” is a figure of speech and in this case it defines the annoyance that is the Church getting in my business, my government, my life. I don’t mind people doing and believing whatever they want; but I have a problem when it is “forced” upon me, meaning I don’t like it when I am made to live my life according to how they (the Church) want me to. In any country, time, place, that just ain’t cool.
–Jeff

Thanks for the timely response, Jeff. As always, I respect your opinion. I was using “shoved down my throat” in the same euphemistic manner that you were.
You mentioned that it (organized religion) is “forced” upon you. Again, not literally, but I wonder how? Are you “forced” to attend services? I don’t know about how the church affects your business, but it is entwined in the government. The federal buildings in D.C. have biblical images and scripture all over their facades. The church cannot make you live your life in any way.
Unless you let them.
If changing the start time of a baseball game you most likely won’t attend or watch really makes you upset, why? Do you have tickets? Is that how they make you live your life in their image?
I actually agree with you on the core issue, I don’t think that any religious organization should ever care about the start time of any event outside it’s doors. However, I do think that it offers up an easy opportunity to bash religion as a whole. Uninspired, trite, and amateur. Set the bar higher.
My guess is that, you live your life exactly as you want to. (I certainly hope so).

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