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University of Tennessee Refuses to Ban Pre-Game Prayers
Fox news story ^

Posted on 09/20/2012 5:44:53 AM PDT by Gopher Broke

Edited on 09/20/2012 5:46:15 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Its football time in Tennessee where longtime gridiron traditions are cherished from Rocky Top to the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. At the start of every game inside the colossal Neyland Stadium, thousands of the football faithful rise to their feet, remove their hats and pause for the pre-game prayer.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Tennessee; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: athletics; christianstudents; collegefootball; prayers; publicsquare; tn

1 posted on 09/20/2012 5:44:57 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
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To: Gopher Broke

thank you, why should only one side be banned?


2 posted on 09/20/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I am proud of UT....Go Vols!!


3 posted on 09/20/2012 5:48:45 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: Gopher Broke
[Chancellor Jimmy] Cheek cited a court ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that specifically held that “nonsectarian prayer at public university events does not violate the First Amendment.” And furthermore, Cheek said prayers will also be welcomed at other university events – outside the confines of the football stadium.

Good on 'em. Everyone should treat the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" nutjobs with the same contempt. Stop caving in. Ignore their letters, whiz on their lawsuits.

Make them call out the National Guard to stop a prayer at a UT football game (/s).

4 posted on 09/20/2012 5:50:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("In the kingdom of the blind, sight is a crime and mentioning what you see is a gaffe.")
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To: Gopher Broke
Finally. An educational institution that decides to stand up and say "Heck no" to the secularists.

“When you’re not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it’s really very grating.”

Um, pardon me Annie...what the heck is that supposed to mean? "Get prayed at"????? Is that some sort of new hate crime? And here I thought that prayers were directed towards the Almighty.

5 posted on 09/20/2012 5:52:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The Vols came up to play BC a while back. Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met at a football game.


6 posted on 09/20/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Tax-chick
Good on 'em. Everyone should treat the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" nutjobs with the same contempt. Stop caving in. Ignore their letters, whiz on their lawsuits.

Exactly...I was listening to a pastor the other day who said he was 'offended by NOT being able to pray at sporting events', and he advised the same course of action that you stated in your post. Tell the left to 'stick it where the sun doesn't shine'...

7 posted on 09/20/2012 5:57:15 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Gopher Broke

Go Big Orange! (being an Alabama fan....I can’t believe I just said that. *chuckle*)

I’m glad they’re fighting these nut jobs!!!!


8 posted on 09/20/2012 5:57:49 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: who knows what evil?

I can’t remember which writer it was ... maybe David Goldberg, “Spengler” ... who observed that one of the problems with modern America is that we treat crazy people much too politely, thus encouraging to continue crazy behavior.


9 posted on 09/20/2012 5:59:57 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("In the kingdom of the blind, sight is a crime and mentioning what you see is a gaffe.")
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To: Gopher Broke

From the article: “When you’re not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it’s really very grating.”

What about when you’re not a left-wing, anti-American, commie POS and you continually get commied on by your commie professors?


10 posted on 09/20/2012 6:04:07 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Gopher Broke

“It’s really out of place. It’s hurting all those people that don’t have that belief and ostracizing them.”

HURTING????

LOL LOL LOL LOL!

STFU...idiot.

[I really need a more “Christian” way to say that....]


11 posted on 09/20/2012 6:08:19 AM PDT by Adder (No Mo BO)
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To: Gopher Broke

As a Christian mizzz Galor I’m offended that my tax dollars are subsidizing abortions against my beliefs. At least prayers at sporting events don’t cost anyone a dime.

Godless leftists have plenty of time in eternity for no prayers.... Yikes..


12 posted on 09/20/2012 6:11:00 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Gopher Broke

Thank you University of Tennessee ... Rocky Top ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKbOtWeAEnY


13 posted on 09/20/2012 6:15:39 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Gopher Broke; All

Banning prayers is anti-Religion, and thus illegal in a Nation that was founded on Freedom of Religion. DUH!

BTW, Liberal Agenda Media, which part of the word “Freedom” do you not understand?


14 posted on 09/20/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Gopher Broke

Now I almost feel bad we beat them last Saturday .... almost.


15 posted on 09/20/2012 6:23:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Gopher Broke

Not too long ago in a Tennessee Volunteer’s Stadium (2010) the Orange and Blue then Rocky Top ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rjxw8EByTY&feature=related


16 posted on 09/20/2012 6:28:29 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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A bit of history regarding Rocky Top ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQPOTUJZO2M&feature=related


17 posted on 09/20/2012 6:35:29 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Gopher Broke

...so what happened to the leftist/communist ‘anti-bullying’ movement in this country? “Freedom From Religion Foundation” certainly fills the bill when it comes to ‘bullying’...stinking hypocrites.


18 posted on 09/20/2012 6:35:36 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: yldstrk
I'm so happy to read this. When I first heard about it I thought the university was sure to give in and change to a moment of silence instead of a prayer.

You Florida fans can be proud of Jimmy Cheek. UT hired him away from you.

19 posted on 09/20/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by Amntn
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To: Gopher Broke
Now, if they would ban that irritating Rocky Top noise.
20 posted on 09/20/2012 6:57:25 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadowIs of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Gopher Broke

What??? Freedom of choice at one university in the USA???

No one is pointing a gun at anyone making them pray. You can think about elephants during the prayer or file your nails. But those wishing to join in the prayer, may choose to do so. That is America. If that is too, too, stressful for the pathetic atheist, what are they doing at a football game anyway?


21 posted on 09/20/2012 7:07:16 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Adder

[I really need a more “Christian” way to say that....]

Down here in Texas we say, “Bless their hearts”...


22 posted on 09/20/2012 7:08:10 AM PDT by jagusafr (Never apologize for speaking the truth)
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To: dfwgator

Was listening to a Nashville radio sports program and a

caller asked if anyone charged onto the field after the

game...after they quit laughing said they were storming

the exits long before the game was over.

We are proud of the Vols,at least over this decision.

At least we have the Titans to cheer for./Sarc


23 posted on 09/20/2012 7:22:04 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Harold Shea

At least you guys had the consolation of seeing Lame Kitten get his butt handed to him by Stanford.....again.


24 posted on 09/20/2012 7:24:10 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

That was sweet seeing that cry baby snake in the grass

weasel low-life back stabing slimeball lose to Stanford


25 posted on 09/20/2012 7:38:42 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: dfwgator

The aethiests are welcome to pray too...: )

Big babies. Like it really causes any emotional or physical harm to them. They just want someone to pay attention to them.


26 posted on 09/20/2012 7:40:45 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Tax-chick

The Freedom From Religion Fondation never ot that the Onstitution was not freedom FROM religion but the CHOICE to CHOOSE whatever religion you wanted to practce. They never ot that the reason that was put into the Constitution was due to the fact that in England the church was state sponsored, that you were fined if you didn’t attend, and that it was politically controlled to a large degree.


27 posted on 09/20/2012 7:46:07 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

The Freedom From Religion Fondation never got that the Constitution was not freedom FROM religion but the CHOICE to CHOOSE whatever religion you wanted to practce. They never got that the reason that it was put into the Constitution was due to the fact that in England the church was state sponsored, that you were fined if you didn’t attend, and that it was politically controlled to a large degree.


28 posted on 09/20/2012 7:48:26 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Gopher Broke

GO VOLS!

I’d like to also point out that the University of Tennessee has an excellent track record on behalf of free speech on campus. The liberals have denigrated the second amendment for years, and now they hold the first amendment in the same regard (if the speech in question isn’t liberal mush). That’s not acceptable at UT; I pray it stays that way.


29 posted on 09/20/2012 7:49:06 AM PDT by Fletcher J
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To: Gopher Broke

Hell yeah!

Let the commies bring people with guns to stop the prayers. That will make some good PR.

It might also wake up the sleepwalking Christians out there.


30 posted on 09/20/2012 7:56:02 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Gopher Broke

Hell yeah!

Let the commies bring people with guns to stop the prayers. That will make some good PR.

It might also wake up the sleepwalking Christians out there.


31 posted on 09/20/2012 7:56:23 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Gopher Broke; stylecouncilor; windcliff

If it’s such a “kick in the gut” stay home.


32 posted on 09/20/2012 8:36:21 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Gopher Broke

I have an atheist friend who meets up with fellow atheists. He likes this kind of atheist activism. Guess what, he’s a big Obama supporter and believes in jacking up the gasoline price to $7/gallon (via taxes) to promote electric cars and force people to sell their SUVs


33 posted on 09/20/2012 9:01:15 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Gopher Broke; All

Forgive me if this post constitutes hijacking of your thread...

Your post brought to mind the scene from Sound of Music...at the concert when Capt Von Tropp starts singing Edelweiss (which I think is the Austrian National Anthem?)...his throat catches and Maria (Julie Andrews) picks up the song, along with the children. Then, the audience starts singing it.

The scene is interesting for the expressions of the Nazi’s sitting in the audience who can’t stomach this show of patriotism.

I’m actually getting to my point and hope someone can help me...

When Obummer was elected, that scene was the 1st thing I thot of. I searched and found a clip of that scene and sent it around to my friends.

I have also sent that clip to lefties, just to annoy them.

When I saw your thread and remembered that scene, I wanted to see it (and hear this beautiful song) again, but for the life of me I cannot now find it.

Every other song from Sound of Music can be found with the “full movie scene,” except for this one.

Call me paranoid, but I think that is very very strange.

If anyone can find that clip, I would appreciate it so much and may God save America and may God bless the Univ of TN.

~v3


34 posted on 09/20/2012 9:17:45 AM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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To: viaveritasvita

From your description ,this looks like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahLThQY05U4


35 posted on 09/20/2012 10:39:10 AM PDT by Glider (The brainwashed never wonder)
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To: Gopher Broke
where longtime gridiron traditions are cherished

I have no idea of the validity of this Email I received but I strongly endorse the sentiment.

School principal Jody McLeod read this statement over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee.

"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate life style," and, if someone is offended, that's OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable" means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...

I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess, "Mother Earth", and call it "ecology.”

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment..”

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical. Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.

Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.

"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to bless this event, please feel free to do so.

As far as I know, that's not against the law--yet."

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.

They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!

The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."

Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion

Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!

JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.”

36 posted on 09/20/2012 2:37:22 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Gopher Broke
At the start of every game

Minister Joe Wright was asked to open a new session of the Kansas Senate.

Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know your word says "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that.

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word and call it Pluralism.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. .
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and call it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen.".

With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we are "one Nation under God."

37 posted on 09/20/2012 2:56:45 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Glider

Thank you kindly, glider! Yes, that clip showed some frames from the movie. I’ve given up trying to find the actual clip from the movie — it was once available believe me. It creeps me out (to turn a phrase) that it’s now gone from youtube. Thanks again and may God bless.
~v3


38 posted on 09/20/2012 10:02:33 PM PDT by viaveritasvita (The Grace of God has appeared, bringing Salvation to all men. Titus 2:11)
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