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(RNS) This NBA season has been unprecedented when it comes to the blending of basketball and unresolved social issues. There has been a widespread push for increased tolerance on all fronts. Yet the conversation about religion and how it's best handled by coaches and players remains fluid.


  1. Any practice of religion in mixed groups is divisive and offensive. Religious beliefs, when they are held, are deeply personal and deeply different from person to person. No gathering should be abused with the presumption that all members are of similar beliefs or of any religious beliefs.

    These actions only prove the inadequacy of the particular religious beliefs and insecurity of the so-called religious people who try to promote them. It proves their homes and their churches are insufficient. It proves their regular activities cannot be inspired by their religious beliefs without offending others with proselytization.

  2. Doc Rivers is right on the money. Religion should be a private matter and no one should be excluded because of their religious beliefs (or lack of them).

    Mark Jackson doesn`t seem to understand that not everybody feels the same way about praying as he does. “So this group goes to church, while the rest of you can take a separate bus.”

    This kind of thinking will only lead to division. I would rather see the whole team taking the same bus and participating in a activity that everyone could enjoy.

    Well, luckily Clippers beat the Warriors in the first round! Go Blake! Go Paul!

  3. Why does anyone have to put their beliefs aside because someone else chooses something other than to be respectful and tolerant. I’m a Christian, but I know if I move to a Muslim country, I don’t get to throw my weight around and expect everyone to comport to my wishes. We have to respect one another and our differences. Only in the realm of religion are people asked to do this; if it were politics, or any ideology, nobody would demand some wishy-washy generic religious pluralism or secularism. In this country, it is obvious it is an attack on Christians.

    • “nobody would demand some wishy-washy generic religious pluralism or secularism.”

      Why would you say that? Generic religious pluralism or secularism is a good alternative to deliberate excluding or discriminating against others.

      Religious expression is like breaking wind. Sometimes people feel the need to to let it out in public. But you don’t have to force everyone experience it with you.

  4. The Alan Shepard or Astronaut’s Prayer is always acceptable among athletes’s%20Prayer

    As is this version of the Hail Mary, ”
    Hail Mary, full of grace. Please don’t let it hit my face”.

  5. The mixed faiths in sports teams is reflective of a growing number of mixed faith families. My wife is the only Muslim in her Christian family. At family gatherings, we never discuss faith, which sucks, because faith is such a big part of their life and our life.

    It’s going to be interesting when we have kids.