ithinkmyliverhurts (1000+ posts) Fri Jun-25-10 07:09 PM
My daughter's t-shirt at basketball camp.
So some local Baptist church was putting on a basketball camp locally (2 weeks long, 4 days/week). My daughter (9 years old) loves playing basketball and really wanted just to get some playing in with someone other than her old man. So I signed her up. I told her to put on a t-shirt under her tank-top jersey (I didn't know if they'd freak out) if her nipples showed for a brief moment if she lifted her arms. So she obliged. Being the good kid she is, she actually put on a churchy sort of shirt, thinking she'd try to fit in: "When Jesus said to love your enemies, he probably meant you shouldn't kill them."
So the kids are warming up, dribbling exercises, defense, lay-ups. Then comes time for a pick-up game. It turns out the church had jerseys. So the teams were broken up into jerseys and t-shirts. It turned out that my daughter was on the t-shirt team . . . for about 45 seconds. The ref./pastor took one look at her shirt, and put her on the jersey team. Now, I thought maybe it was a coincidence; I thought I saw him look right at her t-shirt and read it and then asked her to go over to jerseys. But maybe I was looking to be a victim at the hand of Baptists. I wouldn't put it past me to be so shallow.
No. After practice, he gave me an earful. It was made clear that this was a house of the Lord and that sort of "crap" wouldn't be tolerated. His son is in the Marines and in Iraq, so I and my daughter should show a little respect. I apologized for offending him (it's his church after all). But then I asked, in all seriousness, "So, then, pastor, since you went to seminary, what do YOU think it means that we're asked to love our enemies?" I wasn't being hostile but sincere. The question was met with silence and anger, so i let it go. I'm going to ask again at the next practice. I apologized again and thanked him for the basketball camp. It's been a great camp. It's a nice mixture of competitiveness and love of the game. No asshole parents (present party not included).
So THE question for my fellow DUers: should my daughter wear an Artest or Iverson jersey to the next (and final) meeting? Or do I go completely off the board and break out the Miroslav Satan t-shirt (Hockey)?