Saturday, April 4, 2009

Can Only Christians be NASCAR fans?

Every week, I can't help noticing with some irritation, that every NASCAR race opens with a Christian prayer and I always wonder why. Is it that NASCAR officials don't acknowledge any faith but Christianity? Do they not even realize that Jews and Buddhists and Muslims and even atheists can love watching cars race around a track? Do they not know, or is it that they don't care, that foisting any particular religion onto someone who doesn't agree is bad form? Or do they just think, "the hell with you, Christianity is THE religion and if you don't like hearing it, stay the hell away?" Just about every place I go now that offers up a prayer (which none of them would have to do on my account since I prefer to deal with my beliefs privately, thank you very much) at least bows in the direction of equality, either by making the prayer non-denominational or sharing the podium around among purveyors of different faiths.

Not NASCAR though. For NASCAR, it is "in JESUS' name we pray", and that, my friends, is that.