It attacked our attention much like a blowing thunder rather than an eerie storm. But just as I was mildly upset about it, I was also quite bewildered by what was my struggling comprehension of the other side's assertion.
This issue that was debated on Quite Frankly last night, that at one point bulged my nerves, was about a New Jersey high school football coach's restriction of engaging himself in prayer with his team. Coach was threatened by the high school that in the event he doesn't stop cooperating in prayers with the team, he will get fired. As one who was part of the administration for 23 years, he took the initiative to distance himself from the kids during the solemn part of their regimen, and eventually resign from his beloved job because of too much predomination on the school's part.
Initially, I wondered whatever is wrong with that, but upon hearing the four sides of the argument, it somehow paved the way for an assumption. As the heated discussion went on, I learned that the other ones in the panel are bothered by this (solely) because they feel that Coach is the one inducting the prayers, in the sense that it becomes a provocation for the students to follow his lead, and completely disregard their right to freedom of religion. I don't blame them, it should be one of the many natural hypostheses. But jumping into conclusions and immediately judging the person is a different story.
It was stated beforehand, that this activity was never dictated by the alleged. Apparently, it has been clear that the bowing of heads has always been student-led. It was just a matter of choice. The students initiate the prayers, and the coach, who (needless to say) stands as the father of the team, surely feels the need to participate. If other students feel as though that taking the knee is opposed to their beliefs, then I honestly don't think it will even be a problem. As opposed to what the parents' are yakking about, declining will not jeopardize their kids' athletic career. I personally think that this has been extremely blown out of proportion, in which involved a sensitive topic that didn't deserve the controversy it was amidst of.