Call of the Mild

I rode my bicycle down to LP Field to check out the humongous fasting/prayer festival known as The Call. It was eerie to see the stadium 3/4 empty and almost totally silent as thousands of people sat in the stands with their heads bowed and others milled quietly about showing little or no emotion.

It kinda reminded me of a Vanderbilt football game during the Rod Dowhower era.

8 Comments so far

  1. Jon (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    I’m pretty sure emotions are sinful.

  2. Kate O' (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    Isn’t riding a bike kind of sinful, too, when you think about it? I mean, really think about it?

    Or maybe not.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 2:22 am

    Hey Jon-
    I was at the Call and the stadium was almost full with the floor holding thousands as well. Also, 26,000 people made a silent 3 mile walk into the stadium at 8 a.m. Too bad you didn’t see that. Since we were there for about 12 hours, people did take breaks but at the start of the gathering as well as at the end, (and various times in between) the stadium was almost full.

  4. Laurie (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    Hey Jon-
    I just found a video of WKRN in Nashville that might give you a better look into what happened at LP Field on 7/7. Thanks for checking this out.

  5. CeeElCee (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    Calm down, Laurie. Jon didn’t write the post. I did. I don’t even know if Jon went to the stadium, but I did. And when I went by at about 4:15 there was hardly anyone in the upper deck or the club seats and it was virtually silent. That’s all I reported.

    It looks like they got a good crowd, but 100,000? That’s an exaggeration of Methuselan proportions. The whole stadium doesn’t seat 70,000, and no pictures I saw showed it more than half full. Unless people were stacked like cordwood 10 deep on the field, I’ll maybe believe the 50,000 number I saw.

    But again, that’s an amazing show of faith with little or no advertising to attract a crowd.

    Just lay off of Jon.

  6. Jay (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    I thought every march/gathering automatically had 1million people marching?

  7. Jon (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Hee. I’m not even sure what Laurie’s trying to tell me. One thing I’m not clear on, are these people connected to the 1950s fetishists that marched down Church St, or was it two different groups or maybe just a subset?

    Because the whole lets-all-go-out-and-pray thing doesn’t bother me, I even sort of admire it, I would certainly admire it if they were out there, oh I don’t know, praying to end the war or something useful.

    But the whole “lets throw out fifty years of social progress and go back to the good old days of subservient women and closeted, persecuted gays” thing — well for that I have no respect and withhold no venom.

  8. Laurie (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

    Hi Chris-
    Just read this blog again for the first time in a couple of days. Sorry I mistook you for Jon. And sorry that you felt I was “on him” or you. Wasn’t upset – just thought I would share from an “I was there perspective”. Meant NO animosity what-so-ever and sorry if I came off that way.

    And the silent thing about the march was a symbol of standing up for those that can not speak for themselves.


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