By Todd Starnes…
The player intercepted a pass and ran it back 39 yards for a touchdown. While his teammates celebrated, the player dropped to his knees to pray.
The referee threw a flag.
He said the prayer was a violation of the NFL’s rule governing celebrations.
Football fans erupted on Facebook and Twitter – denouncing the referee’s decision. And while the penalty did not affect the outcome of the game – there was something a bit unsettling for punishing a player for offering a prayer to his God.
The player was Husain Abdullah, a 29-year-old safety for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mr. Adbullah is also a devout Muslim. USA Today reports that Abdullah walked away from professional football during the 2012 season to take a spiritual pilgrimage to Mecca.
So when he dropped to his knees in the end zone, he was not celebrating. He was practicing the Sajdah.
As a Southern Baptist, I’m not all that familiar with the Islamic faith – but I am familiar with religious liberty, freedom of religion.
Under our system of government people of all faiths are able to practice their religion in the public marketplace. And it’s because of those Judeo-Christian concepts that a Muslim and a Buddhist and a Hindu can worship whatever God they choose to worship.
Read the full OpEd at FoxNews.com.