Most people have heard of the game show, Jeopardy! where contestants answer trivia questions—from the mundane to the obscure—to win money.
On Tuesday's episode of the long running game show, all three contestants couldn't give the correct answer when asked to finish the Lord's Prayer—arguably the most universally used prayer of the Christian faith.
The clue was:
“Matthew 6:9 says, ‘Our Father Which Art In Heaven’, This ‘Be Thy Name'.”
The answer was the word "Hallowed."
This miss by all three contestants had audience members and people on social medial screaming at the top of their lungs.
You can see the clip here:
People took to social media to express their shock.
Or in some cases, outrage.
\u201cThat\u2019s \u201challowed,\u201d you heathens! \ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude09 #Jeopardy\u201d— Lindsay \u201cAshley\u201d Wilcox (@Lindsay \u201cAshley\u201d Wilcox) 1686699222
\u201c@KarliBonnita That's really sad\u201d— Karli Bonne\u2019 (@Karli Bonne\u2019) 1686797284
\u201c@KarliBonnita @Based1717 Wow! That's very discouraging\u201d— Karli Bonne\u2019 (@Karli Bonne\u2019) 1686797284
\u201c@colleen_wing @powerkickaction @Jeopardy The Lord's Prayer is akin to prayers popular among Jews in Roman times, (like the kaddish prayer). I'm not outraged. I'm pointing out that our loss in teaching the most spiritual iconic prayer is why our country is doomed. Geniuses should know this. Our Godless country will fall.\u201d— Katie Liane (@Katie Liane) 1686831375
\u201c@TheKaterPotater @Jeopardy So totally agree with you! I was in shock as well as my husband!\u201d— Katie Liane (@Katie Liane) 1686831375
\u201c@TheKaterPotater @Jeopardy I even know the answer, theses contestants are really pathetic\u201d— Katie Liane (@Katie Liane) 1686831375
Others were more understanding.
They recognized Christianity is not the only religion.
\u201c@TheKaterPotater @Jeopardy Answer any question from the Quran or Torah \n\nGo on.\u201d— Katie Liane (@Katie Liane) 1686831375
\u201c@TheKaterPotater @Jeopardy Bold of you to assume they are all Christian. This country isn't, so why would they automatically be? Can you recite the Salat al-'asr?\u201d— Katie Liane (@Katie Liane) 1686831375
\u201c@TheKaterPotater @Jeopardy Christians getting their knickers in a knot because three people couldn\u2019t quote from their book of stories. Can you tell me when Ahsoka Tano first appeared?\u201d— Katie Liane (@Katie Liane) 1686831375
While the prayer is extremely well known among Christians, not everyone has heard it.
The number of people who identify as Christian has been dropping steadily.
The reactions from those on social media, while somewhat understandable, seem a bit extreme for what the question actually was.