Heads up–if you’re someone who likes to use your religion to spread hate (maybe you don’t call it “hate,” but you use it to discriminate against others), move along. You won’t like this post and this issue isn’t something I will debate.
Imagine my surprise tonight when I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed for the first time in a while (scrolling through the WordPress feed is much funner) when I see that there is a petition being passed around specific to my hometown.
Interested, I open it up. It’s a petition to get the county’s rec department to stop having makeup games on Wednesdays. I know how this goes, as Little Man participates. When a game is called off because of the weather, it’s rescheduled on either Wednesday or Friday night. Regular games are on the other days (except Sunday, obviously).
I roll my eyes as I skim through it. The petition maintains that makeup games should only be on Friday night, not Wednesday because of “religious reasons.” If you aren’t from the South, then you may not know that Southern Baptists have certain programs and worship on Wednesday nights. (Maybe regular ol’ Baptists around the rest of the country do as well; I wouldn’t know.)
As I read more, I can’t help but think that this is a dumb petition. (Why yes, I am an asshole!) For one, these are elementary age kids–it’s not the end of the world if your kid misses a game! This could be a good opportunity to teach them about priorities, no? And usually when we have nasty weather days, it’s for more than one day (or the fields are so muddy the day after that they’re called off). How are we gonna reschedule every single game that may be canceled over the course of the week on one night? Uh, no, not happening.
And another thing, the petition talks about how the parents paid good money for their kids to play, yet their religious freedoms are being stomped on in order to participate.
At a time when so many of our religious freedoms are being taken and tested, we must protect the few that we do have.
Dear petition maker, I see what you’re doing here. Since the gays are getting to marry, which clearly tests your religious freedom (how, I’m unsure), then the issue of rescheduling kiddie sports games on Wednesday nights is pretty fucking important. I mean, gotta get in that extra hate service right, otherwise your kids might miss the lesson on ways good Christians can hate gays. Can’t have that.
Christians like this (whose numbers seem to be higher than Christians who aren’t like this) make the rest look bad. Get over your fucking selves. Not everything is about you and your religion, least of all the rescheduling of a damn t-ball game. Which I doubt you really care about anyway and are likely just using it as a method of getting everyone riled up about the possibility of their religious freedoms being trampled upon.
An Annoyed Christian
(Oh, remember that heads up at the top? Still applies.)