Last Friday, Col. West spoke to East Texans for Liberty (ET4L) at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Gladewater. The theme of his remarks was liberty – and of course part of that is religious liberty.
We’ve written here on numerous occasions about the efforts of The Freedom From Religion Foundation to remove all instances of prayer or mention of God from schools and universities around the country. Col. West mentioned specifically his alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where the Foundation is trying to eliminate on-field prayers held before the school’s football games.
Then he recalled his days playing football at Grady High School saying, “And even in high school, before every game at Grady Stadium, the pastor would come down and pray before every football game. I don’t remember catastrophic injuries. I don’t remember anyone getting carted off that field paralyzed.”
So of course this was dutifully recorded by a liberal tracker and picked up by a number of media outlets with a blazing headline something to the effect of “Allen West believes prayer can eliminate football injuries.”
Oh come ON people. Can’t you get a LIFE?Listen, when we had prayer in schools, we didn’t have gun violence, “sexting,” widespread delinquent behavior and disrespect towards teachers either. Did prayer “prevent” those things?
Well, I can tell you one thing, a belief in God certainly did.A belief in a higher power, a more perfect power towards which must always strive gives us our civil society, and the very foundation upon which this nation was built. Prayer is a way of acknowledging that power, and reminds of us the true and righteous path we must follow.
But oh yeah, to liberals, that’s all a load of Bible-thumping hooey. Except when THEY do it. Then it’s fine.
Remember how Tim Tebow regularly got shellacked for thanking God every time he scored? Like God cares about football?
Well, God is apparently a HUGE movie fan as well, because look how many celebrities make a point of thanking Him for their awards:
2011 – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
“The first line of the book [The Color Purple] is, “Dear God, I’m fourteen years old…” And I had lived that life and couldn’t imagine that someone was able to put into words what I had already experienced. And so began this journey that I was able to really understand that God’s hand, or power greater than myself, “the forces,” as Sidney Poitier calls them, were engaged in leading my life to a plane and a level that I had not even imagined. But I released myself to those forces, and literally said inside myself, “Thy will be done.”
1984 Best Original Song Score (Purple Rain)
“This is very unbelievable. I could’ve never imagined this in my wildest dreams. And I would like to thank the Academy . . . and most of all, God. Thank you very much.”
2001 Best Actor in a Leading Role (Training Day)
“Oh, God is good. God is great. God is great. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.”
2006 Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Dreamgirls)
“Oh my God. I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. . . Wow. Oh my God. Unbelievable cast. I’d like to thank the Academy. Definitely have to thank God, I guess, again. I can’t believe this. Wow, I don’t know what to say but I thank you all for helping me keep the faith even when I didn’t believe. Thank you and God bless you all.”
1993 Best Actor in a Leading Role (Philadelphia)
“I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. We know their names. They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all. A healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia two hundred years ago. God bless you all. God have mercy on us all. And God bless America.”
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
1996 Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jerry Maguire)
“God, I love you. Hallelujah. Thank you, Father God, for putting me through what you put me through, but I’m here and I’m happy.”
The point Col. West was making is that prayer is positive. Why do groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation attack this positive and essential fabric of our Judeo-Christian faith heritage?
So what will be next? Tossing Christians into the sea for praying? Oops, that’s already been done.
What a world.