Like many high schools, Hewitt-Tussville High School in Alabama, would pray before their football games. However they receiving a complaint on Wednesday, likely from some liberal, demanding that they cancel the prayer.
A high school in Birmingham, Alabama accused of violating the First Amendment for broadcasting prayers before school football games may have to stop the practice after a religious freedom organization voiced concern.
The Hewitt-Trussville City School District received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) this week requesting the district’s high school stop playing a prayer ahead of games because, according to the letter, “Public school events must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students.”
The complaint allegedly came from a “concerned parent” that said the “prayer is broadcast over the loudspeaker before Hewitt-Trussville High School football games.”
The letter cited a 2000 Supreme Court ruling which “struck down prayers made over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events, even when they are student-initiated,” according to AL.com.
The letter said, “It is illegal for a public school to sponsor religious messages at school athletic events. The Supreme Court has continually struck down school-sponsored prayer in public schools”
The FFRF allegedly demanded that the school “take immediate action to end the practice of broadcasting prayer over the loudspeaker at football games.”
“It is our understanding that prayer is broadcast over the loudspeaker before Hewitt-Trussville High School football games,” wrote attorney Christopher Line, a legal fellow for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “A recent game included a prayer that stated, ‘Father, today we play as two separate teams, but we live as one body of Christ, as your hands and feet. And through it all we will play … ultimately to further your kingdom.’ It ended, ‘In Jesus’ mighty name we all pray, Amen.'”
The Freedom from Religion Foundation’s letter cited Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2000 that struck down prayers made over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events, even when they are student-initiated.
“Public school events must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students,” Line wrote. He said the foundation was contacted by a concerned parent.
However, the school has not responded to the demand. I hope they come out and tell them to pack sand!