A Coach Prays…and It’s a Threat to Democracy

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This week, Sports Illustrated called a public school football coach praying on the field “an erosion of a bedrock of American democracy.”

The Supreme Court is expected to rule imminently on whether that coach has a right to pray in front of players.

Regardless of the legal outcome, calling prayer an “erosion of democracy” seems pretty extreme. Even if it’s illegal, a man communicating with G-d is not a threat to democracy.

Prayer is a very good thing. Why are the left and the media threatened by a devout person who kneels and publicly prays?

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Reason 1: Religion is Irrational

Leftists tend to view people of faith as cavemen. Academic elites consider religion unsophisticated and boorish.

Faith is what uneducated science-deniers do based on ignorance, not realizing that secularists have discarded it as an “opiate”. What rational person believes in an invisible Creator, made up by primitive civilizations thousands of years ago?

But the aversion by the left to religion runs deeper.

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Reason 2: Worshiping Humans

At the core of leftist ideology is the belief that PEOPLE control the planet. The solution to  crises like famine, climate change, disease, racism, and poverty–is human beings.

Liberals believe in big government, because the state is equipped to solve all problems.

When a person prays to Hashem, he submits to a higher power, and admits that humans are inferior and fallible. He surrenders to Hashem’s will, and recognizes that humans are weak and inferior. The notion that man is a mere pawn, is a colossal threat to liberalism, a  contradiction to man’s omnipotence.

Prayer and religion are the ultimate admission that Hashem, not humans, decides the fate of the world.

Reason 3: They define morality based on whims

The left does not like the idea of an inherent moral code. “Logic” dictates that women can abort a fetus and gender can be chosen at will. How dare a rabbi or priest dictate that they know better.

Essentially, humans can do anything they feel like, and if religion restricts us, then it is the enemy.

Here is an excerpt from an article in The Week entitled “Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?”

“The idea that someone, somewhere might devote her life to an alternative vision of the good — one that clashes in some respects with liberalism’s moral creed — is increasingly intolerable. That is a betrayal of what’s best in the liberal tradition.”

As Jews, we know better. Prayer is not only something we have the right to do. It is the ultimate expression that Hashem is in control. I feel sorry for those who believe that humans are supreme.

These days, it is clear beyond doubt that humans are not the solution. Humans are fallible, weak, and sometimes evil. They create far more problems than they solve.

For religious Jews, our knowledge and faith that Hashem is in control, that our destiny is in His hands, is our only solace, that no matter how chaotic things become, Hashem will bring about the redemption, and the darkness we currently live in will finally be over.

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Yaakov M is a senior columnist for VIN News and former Op-Ed columnist for Newsmax. He has hosted a conservative podcast for 15 years. He studied in Kollel for 14 years, was a Bais Medrash Rebbi for over a decade, and obtained semicha from a top Rosh Yeshiva.


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