Paul Harvey Comment on Faith in AmericaFiction!

Summary of eRumor:

A commentary said to be from Paul Harvey about what he regards to be declining freedom for Christian expression in the United States.

The Truth:

It’s always interesting when people who presumably admire Paul Harvey for being a champion of faith and morals fraudulently attach his name to a forwarded email in order to give it credibility. 

This commentary is not from Paul Harvey.
It’s from the pen of Nick Gholson, a columnist for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas, published in September of 1999.

Some versions of this eRumor attribute this writing to the late CBS commentator Andy Rooney.

Posted 11/07/04   Last updated 11/8/13

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Paul Harvey says:

I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a
Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don’t agree with Darwin, but I didn’t go out
and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because
someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what’s the big deal?
It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire book of Acts. They’re
just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the
players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

“But it’s a Christian prayer,” some will argue. Yes, and this is the United
States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. According to
our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than
200-to-1. So, what would you expect-somebody chanting Hare Krishna? If I went
to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer. If I
went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer. If
I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to
Buddha. And, I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit. When in

“But, what about the atheists?” is another argument. What about them?
Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collection
plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman
or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call
your lawyer. Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will
tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don’t think a short prayer at a
football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our
courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray
before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray
without ceasing. Now, a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to
cease praying. God, help us.
And, if that last sentence offends you, well……….just sue me.

The silent majority has been silent too long. It’s time we let that one or
two who scream loud enough to be heard, that the vast majority don’t care what
they want. It is time the majority rules!

It’s time we tell them, you don’t have to pray. You don’t have to say the
pledge of allegiance, you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that
honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right … but, by golly, you
are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back. . .and we

God bless us one and all, especially those who denounce Him… God bless
America, despite all her faults, she is still the greatest nation of all…

God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and
worship God!

May 2004 be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the
foundation of our families and institutions.

Keep looking up…… “In God WE Trust.”