Bullies. That’s what the people at the Freedom From Religion Foundation are.
One of the premier anti-Christian hate groups in the country, the FFRF has a long track record of successfully shutting down the majority’s right to religious expression in the name of protecting the religious sensibilities of a minority of people they claim have no religion.
It’s always the same story with the FFRF. Some atheist who claims that being atheist means not having a religion claims that he is religiously offended by a prayer, a statue, a Christmas display, a classroom discussion or whatever because it involves Christianity showing its face in the public square. The FFRF sends a nasty note to an appropriate school or city official implying a threat of legal action, then the official folds and everybody loses.
Which is why it’s refreshing to see a school that stands up for its students’ rights to express their beliefs, as happened at Ashdown School District in Ashdown, Arkansas, where a band director and others have been accused of, gasp, praying at school events.
Superintendent Jason Sanders said, “We feel like that the freedom of our students to express themselves will hold up in a court of law. We’re not going to stop any student who wants to exercise their freedom of religious expression such as a prayer.”
The students stood up against the atheists, too, at last Friday’s football game, when dozens of students from both teams swarmed the field and knelt alongside the referees for a pre-game prayer.
Based on the way these things have gone in the past, the atheists will issue some more legal threats in hopes of intimidating the school district, then sue if they don’t get their way.
The FFRF will claim that the mere whisper of a prayer in a public school amounts to government establishing a religion. Chances are high that some fool judge will buy that argument based on all the other cases the FFRF has won.
Don’t know if it’s irony, but it’s at least cruel deception because establishing a state religion is precisely what the FFRF wants to happen — the religion of atheism.
For the moment, though, freedom of religion is winning in Arkansas.