West: No Football Injuries Until Prayer Removed From Schools

West: No Football Injuries Until Prayer Removed From Schools April 22, 2015

I write about the idiotic things said by the Christian right every single day, but once in a while I come across something so gobsmackingly stupid that it surprises even me. Like Allen West saying that taking prayer out of schools led to football injuries. His evidence? He doesn’t remember anyone getting hurt playing football when he was in school.

Discussing a conflict between the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the University of Tennessee about sectarian prayers before football games, West said that in the days of state-sponsored school prayer, there was no problem with football injuries.

“Now see, I remember growing up in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia,” he said. “I went to Grady High School and I played football and we didn’t have all this high-speed gear and everything like that, there was no such thing about ‘targeting.’ I mean, you were not a tough football player unless you did try to hit someone head-on. And even in high school, before every game at Grady Stadium, the pastor would come down and pray before every football game. I don’t remember catastrophic injuries. I don’t remember anyone getting carted off that field paralyzed.”

Wow, that’s just such a compelling argument. Checkmate, atheists.


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