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  •  That's not NASCAR's only problem (11+ / 0-)

    Every single invocation I've seen in Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World trucks has been presented by a Protestant minister -- Baptists and evangelicals, mostly.  The prayers are invariably nothing but Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

    Periodically I write to the NASCAR marketing department to ask for ecumenical invocations, or maybe a prayer from the occasional Catholic priest, rabbi, imam, Buddhist monk or whatever.  I'm always ignored.

    Some of my friends have told me that since the family that controls NASCAR, the Frances, are committed Protestant Christians, they're free to have whomever they want offer the invocations.

    I have no problem with that -- if what you want to prioritize is your religion.

    On the other hand, if you claim to want to expand your fan base, and therefore your income, then it seems to me that the de facto exclusion of anyone who's not a Southern Baptist or an Assemblies of God practitioner is going to constrain you.

    •  The Frances probably (2+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, Cassandra Waites

      LOL at complaints about sectarian prayers at their events.

      They seem to think of these races as a chance for "Real Americans (TM) to be Real Americans (TM)".

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 02:27:51 PM PDT

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    •  Business owners are free (4+ / 0-)
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      sawgrass727, dougymi, ColoTim, PSzymeczek

      to prioritize their religion to the detriment of their business if they want to... I'm not going to shed any tears over NASCAR having passed up a chance for more popularity and influence.

    •  I'm puzzled why any god would give (4+ / 0-)
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      Helpless, ColoTim, PSzymeczek, JohnnySacks

      a hoot about NASCAR.

      So stop trying to get them to annoy all those other  gods with this shit!  I'm sure that they (the gods, that is) has better things to do.

      The protestant god, maybe not so much so, however.

    •  The race in Mexico is different (0+ / 0-)

      ...Well, if they still have one down there.  I haven't watched for a few years.  But the lower series (currently Nationwide) had a race in Mexico, and the invocation was given by a local Catholic priest.

      I gave up on NASCAR a few years ago when changes to how they determine the championship sucked all the enjoyment out for me.  But when I did watch, I'd mute the invocation.


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