I love it when Ebert goes off on non-movie-related rants. Now he’s got a bug up his nose about public prayer. I like his distinction between “vertical” and “horizontal” praying, but I think he’s a little unfair in saying that all public praying is done for recruitment or exclusion. I’m not religious but I went to a Catholic university, and I know that sometimes a group of people like to express their faith together. It didn’t bother me and I didn’t feel like they were going out of their way to try to convert or alienate me. Of course, I can see where having a group of Bible beaters glaring at your during a sporting event would be kind of annoying…

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