Tebowing is allowed. Bowing to allah is not. Go figure. (The Infidel 2014-10-24)


“Why I Want My Range to be a Muslim Free
Zone” This headline appears on the front page for the website of the Gun Cave Indoor
Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The proprietor of the business, Jan Morgan, who
touts herself as “a nationally recognized advocate,” also penned a ten point justification
for her decision and cited anecdotal instances which she says led her to make the decision. While it is true that gun ranges and stores
have a legal right to refuse service to any individual they have a reasonable suspicion
may have violent intent, there is no blanket permission to ban anyone from service based
solely on religious affiliation. Realizing this, Morgan is fully expecting that she will
be sued for her decision under the Federal laws, particularly the Civil Rights Act, which
prevents discrimination based on religion. Additionally, since it is not really possible
to determine whether a person is Muslim based on appearance, Morgan is also probably going
to be accused of discrimination based on race and national origin. During a televised National Football League
game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, a penalty flag was thrown
against Chiefs’ safety, Husain Abdullah, for unsportsmanlike conduct when he slid to
his knees in the end zone after intercepting a pass and scoring a touchdown. League rules
prohibit excessive celebration; however, they do allow an exception for religious praise. Abdullah, a devout Muslim who took a year
off from professional play in order to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, had actually gone to
his knees in order to bow his head and give thanks to Allah for causing the Patriots’
quarterback, Tom Brady, to unintentionally throw the ball in Abdullah’s direction.
After the game, Abdullah was quick to note that he did not believe the penalty was issued
for the prayer, but rather for the long slide which preceded it. Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR, the
Council for American-Islamic Relations, issued a statement reading, “To prevent the appearance
of a double standard, we urge league officials to clarify the policy on prayer and recognize
that the official made a mistake in this case.” For its part, the league moved quickly, tweeting,
“Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player
who goes to ground for religious reasons.” Later on, the NFL criticized the officials’
flag. However, the referees’ association quickly responded by pointing out that the
penalty had been graded correct by the league. Using the pseudonym Dave, Pastor Bob Ripley
has for some time been answering questions posed by those suffering a crisis of faith
on the Rational Doubt blog on the Patheos website. Dave was known to be an ex-pastor
and an atheist by those he was responding to. However, what most did not know was that
Pastor Ripley was also still maintaining a weekly column for the London Free Press out
of London, Ontario; a column he’s written for over a quarter of a century ever since
he first began his ministry as a devout Christian. Over the past several years, Ripley lost his
faith, resigned from his position as Senior Minister of the Metropolitan United Church
in Toronto, and has now written a book about his experience coming to terms with his dwindling
and ultimately extinguished faith in the divinity of Christ. He came out as an atheist in his
column, and exposed his alter ego, Dave, in advance of the publication of his book, Life
Beyond Belief; a Preacher’s Deconversion. He did not do so without fear of reprisal.
As Ripley noted in his column, “All of us, religious or not, should value authenticity.
If we do, then we should encourage not only critical thinking but also intellectual honesty
without fear of rejection or reprisal. My disclosure carries the risks of losing friends
and facing disappointment and disapproval from those who once admired my spirituality.
Belief, however, is not something you can fake, or should fake.”

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