John Small, football coach of East Coweta High School in Georgia has recently found himself a popular topic of discussion around town — and the Internet — after a video was posted on Facebook showing the man praying during a football game.
And we all know how much angry atheists respond to such actions, usually with some sort of letter to the Freedom From Religion Foundation followed by a lawsuit against the school if they don’t silence the individual’s expression of religion.
Which is exactly what happened here.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national atheist group, said it “has put an end to a Georgia high school coach’s practice of praying with his players.”
The video in question was posted to Facebook on Sept. 15 apparently after an East Coweta win that night. Small is in the middle of the frame with short blonde hair. Another man next to Small appears to be praying out loud:
So the FFRF said it sent an Oct. 25 letter to the Coweta County School System “warning that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to further personal religious beliefs by leading their teams in prayer. Coach-led prayers, FFRF points out, equate to a government advancement and endorsement of religion — a stark violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
The FFRF added that public school coaches also must refrain “from participating in students’ prayers … When a public school employee in that official role organizes and advocates for team prayer, religion is endorsed on the district’s behalf.”
The FFRF also said it requested the district “take immediate action to end school-sponsored prayers plaguing the school district’s athletic programs.”
The FFRF said the district “promptly responded” saying in an Oct. 26 letter that Superintendent Steve Barker “met with the principals of all three high schools to inform them that neither school staff nor volunteer staff may lead or participate in religious activity before, during or after high school football games.”
The district on Thursday told TheBlaze that in response to the FFRF letter, the school board attorney sent a memo to all principals in the district outlining federal law with respect to prayer in public schools.
The district sent TheBlaze a copy of the memo, which says “representatives of the school cannot participate in any student initiated/student-led prayer or other worship while acting in their official capacity. For instance, they cannot join hands, bow their heads, take a knee or commit another act that otherwise manifests approval with the students’ religious exercise, at least where it would be perceived by a reasonable observer to display government endorsement of religion.”
The FFRF really seems proud of their accomplishments, don’t they? So happy to silence someone’s religious expression in favor of shoving their own atheism down the throats of everyone else.
Funny how atheists who claim to hate religion are the most religious and evangelistic people on the planet.
Yes, the humanist worldview is a religion, as it provides a view of all the important questions of life and has implications that impact behavior. Sorry, atheists, but you’re still a person of faith.
This is just one more reason to pray for our country.