A New York Times feature on Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah. Abdullah is Muslim and observes Ramadan, which involves fasting from sun-up to sun down. Here’s a bit of the story:
“For Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah, the most important clock inside the Metrodome was not the one keeping time for his teamâ€™s recent preseason game with the Seattle Seahawks. Another, showing the time of day, held greater significance for him and for the Vikingsâ€™ training staff.
Abdullah, a third-year safety, is a Muslim who keeps the traditional fast during the holy month of Ramadan; he cannot eat or drink from sunup to sundown.”
The Associated Press reports that “at least two Minnesota churches are hoping to pack the pews by offering the chance for free tickets to Minnesota Vikings or Minnesota Twins games.”
I’m curious as to what you think about that idea. If you’re a churchgoer yourself, do you take the “whatever gets them in the door” attitude or do you think it demeans the message? If you’re not a churchgoer, would this offer be affective with you? Does it feel manipulative? What do you think?
I just talked to a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader I ran into here at WE Fest and she said they’re performing during a break at 7:15 tonight. Some of them are also performing during the Big and Rich show.