Labor/Labour Day Words of Wisdom from Andy Rooney

Image Source: Globe and Mail

Image Source: Globe and Mail

“I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.

I don’t agree with Darwin , but I didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered in any way because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.

So what’s the big deal?

It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

But it’s a Christian prayer, some will argue.

Yes, and this is the United States of America , and Canada , countries founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1.

So what would you expect — Somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

If I went to a ping-pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.

And I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit.

When in Rome …..

But what about the atheists? Is another argument.

What about them?

Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer! Or, just exercise their right to leave this country!

Unfortunately, one or two will call their lawyer. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep.

Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.

Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.

God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well, just sue me.

The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we tell that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn’t care what they want!

It is time that the majority rules!

It’s time we tell them, “You don’t have to pray; you don’t have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right; But by golly, You are no longer going to take our rights away.
We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!”

God bless us one and all…Especially those who denounce Him, God bless America and Canada, despite all our faults, we are still the greatest nations of all. God bless our service men who Are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.”

From: Andy Rooney

16 thoughts on “Labor/Labour Day Words of Wisdom from Andy Rooney

  1. Hello I saw the post about K A Bryce the Mirror Obscure. Belinda was looking for him and wanted to know where he went do you know? She’s very sick and asked me to see if I could find out for her. Thank you so much

      • Oh yes I told her that. She asked if I knew of course I don’t. I saw your post and thought I would ask. I will tell her to try this. She’s not feeling well so I told her I would ask! Thank you so much for answering! have a blessed day!

  2. To quote one of my friends who wrote this on my blog. “The thing is God is very personal.” If it is personal it is not public.
    Thanks for the wonderful quote Perpetua!!

  3. I loved Andy Rooney, but one of the biggest problems in our culture is not the lack of Ggod, it is the black and white thinking and speaking that was just espoused in this piece. The duality and the lack of awareness of 1/8 of the world’s population to say that they have “the,” answer leads to problems. If I dont accept “the,” answer consciously or unconsciously I am put in a position of being an outcast. That is not a healthy way of having to look at the world. So where do the Roman and Greek Ggods fit in? Or are they called myths or even lies?
    Until the dominant paradigm realizes the effect of any singular view of a spiritual life, we will have conflict. I dont put any other religion in any different position. Any religion that tries to say that it has “the,” ways inherently sets up the conflict that we are living in and with today.
    Thank you dear Perpetua!

    • I respectfully disagree. What I hear is not the expounding of any one creed to the exclusion of others, but merely a request the right to expound a belief without fear of criticism. “Live and let live” is what I hear. And surely this is a good message of tolerance and patience, one that we all should accept, shouldn’t we?

      • Sir,

        First, I would like to say that I love looking at the photography on your blog.

        That being said this is an “expounding of one creed to the exclusion of others.” If a Wiccan, or God forbid, a Muslim asked to have a prayer said before that football game, they would be denied. Or worse yet, they would not even ask because of the fear of the repression that comes about from a tyrannical majority.

        That’s why our “founders,” left England.

        We in the United States established that there would be a separation of church and state. Any entity that’s related to government, and I think you would have a hard time finding any that isn’t, must keep religion separate from their activities in school.

        Mr. Rooney talked about prayer before bed and prayer before meals. I agree with that. You and I may not be that different when it comes to a connection with a higher power personally.

        I am grateful though that we have the Constitution which denies the majority the right to impose their will on the minority. The only way that can happen is by the changing of the laws. If people don’t like the way the laws are, they have a right to change them.


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