Oh the horror of it all!
Atheists went undercover and caught the football coaching staff at Chestatee High School in Gainesville, Georgia committing ‘unseemly and unconstitutional acts’ with their football players. Quick, call Child Protective Services and the police to put an immediate stop to this unseemly and unspeakable behavior.
What was the coaching staff doing? They joined hands in a circle with the football players as they – wait, protect your little ones seeing this – prayed. Can you believe it? How they put those high school boys through such a traumatic and possibly life altering experience?
None of the boys complained and neither did their parents or the coaches. But one lone atheist, who they believe has nothing to do with the football team, wrote a letter to school officials demanding that the coaches stop praying with their players. The letter in part read:
“We have received reports that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked.”
Furthermore, the football program dared to use scripture references on some of their printed material and the atheist insisted that practice also be stopped immediately. Can you believe the audacity of the coaches? On the teams practice schedule it included that statement:
“Fortitude 2014, Gal. 6:9”
To the traumatic fit of the atheist, even the cheerleaders were guilty as they wrote on a large banner:
“Iron Sharpens Iron, Proverbs 21:17”
What’s next, prayer in the school cafeteria before lunch? This outrageous behavior could spread to other areas of the school and other students and that one lone atheist isn’t about to let that happen as he/she warned the school to rid itself from religion or face a lawsuit. Atheists swing lawsuits like knights of old swung their swords, slaying their enemies.
The issue hit a local news radio station and it didn’t take long for their phone lines to light up like a Christmas tree. One caller told the station:
“If the atheist group doesn’t like the prayer, tell them to stick their fingers in their ears.”
One irate mom called in and said:
“I am a mom of two of the football players on the CHS football team and I consider it an honor and a privilege to have my boys on a team that is led by men that believe and trust in God. I think it’s a shame for one person to try and take that away from them.”
Now the American Humanist Association has jumped into the fray and is threatening to help with the lawsuit if the prayers are not stopped. They claim that by the coaches joining in the prayer with the players that they are endorsing Christianity and that is a clear violation of the Establishment Claus which really does not exist accept in the minds of liberals.
They sent a seven page letter to School Superintendent Well Schofield. In response to the AHA letter, Schofield stated:
“We need to be very careful, very deliberate and do this in a very defendable manner. There was an awful lot in that letter that I don’t think has any legal basis. There are some things we do need to look at so we are sure we are doing things the right way.”
“Unfortunately when school systems get letters like this and people start rattling sabers, usually the first reaction by a lot of school districts is, ‘Oh my goodness, we don’t want to be in the news. We don’t want to be sued, so we better stop doing whatever we are doing.’ I don’t think that will be the first reaction of the Hall County School Board.”
Hiram Sasser with the Liberty Institute law firm told Townhall’s Todd Starnes the atheists don’t have a prayer concerning their case:
“Don’t these people have more important issues to pursue than going on a witch hunt for anything that is remotely religious? Teachers and coaches who are not on contract time and in their individual roles as citizens may in fact pray with students after school.”
In response to the AHA letter and threat, state Congressman Doug Collins (R- Gainesville), who represents Georgia’s 9th district stated:
“The liberal atheist interest groups trying to bully Chestatee High School kids say they have a reason to believe that expressions of religious freedom are ‘not an isolated event’ in Northeast Georgia. They’re right. In Hall County and throughout Georgia’s 9th district, we understand and respect the Constitution and cherish our right to worship in our own way.”
“It’s utterly disgusting that while innocent lives are being lost in Iraq and other places at the hands of radical religious terrorists, a bunch of Washington lawyers are finding the time to pick on kids in Northeast Georgia.”
“I want the football players and all the students at CHS to know that I support you, I’m here for you, and yes, I’m praying for you.”
Evidently a lot of people are in support of the coaches and players. Over 200 of them gathered on the school’s football field last Thursday morning and held an impromptu prayer rally. They are not going to be bullied into silence by one lone disgruntled atheist who insisted on forcing his/her hatred of God on everyone else.
I fully support the players, coaches, parents, school board and Congressman Collins as they stand up for their religious freedom against the threats of the atheists. If only more school districts and Christians around the nation will do the same and stand up for their faith instead of crying as one or two lone atheists steal it all away.