The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint against Students at Opelika High School, claiming that students are prohibited from expressing their Christian beliefs in the school arena. The Students had other plans and recited the Lord’s prayer anyway.
According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, students at the Alabama High School should not be allowed to recite the prayer over the Loud Speaker before football games.
“The Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events, even when student led,” the group declared.
The District responded to the complaint and ordered that administrators at Opelika enforce a “moment of silence” to stop game attendees from praying vocally.
“We recognize that the United States of America is a nation of laws and we will abide by the current law,” OCS Superintendent Mark Neighbors on the told the outlet.
“Our students are allowed to pray, but our coaches are not allowed to participate,” he added, referring to a portion of the letter which alleged that coaches were praying alongside students.
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However, the students, chose to recite the prayer despite the demands of the District.
“You’re taking [prayer] away from the majority, so now we’re having to go about it a different way,” student Phoebe Darcey told WSFA.
Speaking in defense of the students, Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Pastor Steve Bass added that the original prayer was not even “overtly Christian,” but merely a chance to bless the players in their game.
“It was always, ‘Hey God, please keep our players safe from injury, help the fans and the players to have good sportsmanship, everyone have a good night,'” he told WFSA. “It was nothing offensive.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has hounded many school districts in recent years, often winning lawsuits, and threatening schools based on the complaints of one or two persons. However, in several cases, students are choosing to speak out continually and continue to practice their faith as is legal under the first amendment.
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