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He Wants Equal Time for the Bad Plays

November 10, 1990

Kneeling in thankful, public prayer by a football running back is becoming more and more of a religious ritual. In defense of logic, that same religious player who thanks God for a touchdown should also shake his angry fist toward heaven when he is stopped at the one-yard line.

Most linemen and defensive players spend their entire careers without scoring a touchdown. If we are to have personal religious displays by those who carry the ball, then those non-carrying players should also have their moment to kneel in thanks for having made a great block or tackle. Perhaps a time for prayer should be allowed after each play for those who feel the need.

As you see, the whole idea becomes absurd. May I suggest that just as we have separation of church and state, we also have separation of church and sport.

GEORGE WOOD, Malibu

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