An Alabama school district recently announced that the traditional prayer before football games was to be banned. But it appears that the locals had other ideas about what would be allowed!
The proposed ban was implemented by Blount County School District in Oneonta, Alabama, and was spurred by the Christian-hating group Freedom From Religion Foundation. The lawsuit-mad anti-religion group was threatening to sue the school district claiming that the prayers violate the First Amendment.
Of course, the ignoramuses of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have a lie right in their name. The Constitution does not say freedom “from” religion, it says freedom OF religion.
In any case, the school bowed to the left-wing activists and tried to ban the prayers. Superintendent Rodney Green said that the prayers would be replaced by a moment of silence, but locals were not having it.
But, according to The Blaze, the community rebelled against the district’s decision:
Christian residents and supporters of pre-game prayer rallied and banded together with a T-shirt campaign as well as a group recitation of the Lord’s Prayer before the kickoff.
Gregg Armstrong, one parent organizer, promised that he would gather with other Christians to say the Lord’s Prayer during the pre-game, non-denominational moment of silence.
“We are not doing this by any way to be negative or anything like that,” Armstrong told WBMA-TV.
“We are just doing this with love and doing what we feel like God has called us to do,” he added. “I believe if you have 1,000 people in those bleachers saying the Lord’s Prayer vocally, not over a PA system, that is probably going to be a little bit more moving than just one person praying.”
In addition to gathering for prayer, local churches got together to create T-shirts for the prayer warriors that read “We Believe,” and have the Lord’s Prayer scrawled on the shirt’s back, according to AL.com.
According to various news reports, people began showing up to the game wearing shirts emblazoned with the phrase “We Believe.” Indeed, about 1,000 such shirts were distributed by supporters of the pre-game prayer.
“In Blount County, when it comes time for that moment of silence, we plan every week to do this,” Armstrong said. “I hope what we did was not for show, I hope what we did will honor the Lord. It’s been a tradition to voice prayer over the microphone, but sometimes new traditions are made and are bigger and greater than the past.”
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