I’ve heard baseball is a “religion” to some people, but I never thought it was meant LITERALLY! I saw the Orioles, Opening Day, April 5, 2013, defeat the Minnesota Twins 9-5. But… I cannot understand why the Orioles had to turn the 7th inning stretch into a religious observance. The club hired a tenor to sing “God Bless America,” demanded that we all stand up and listen (I didn’t), then played a recording of John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” -- all to riotous applause.
This is nuts! Not only is God irrelevant to baseball, the show of piety makes atheist nonparticipants like me conspicuous and trivializes the faith it purports to celebrate.
Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, July 8, but in 1892, the American Psychological Association […]