Growing up, I played softball and we prayed before every game. My high school football team payed before every game.
Perhaps it was part of our southern culture, or the fact that I grew up in the bible belt, but it was never seen as “offensive” to anyone. We prayed for the safety of everyone, and we played.
Now coaches at East Coweta High School have been notified not to pray with their football team anymore, following complaints from an anti-religion group.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation received a complaint and video of coach John Small praying with the Coweta Country, Georgia team, they said. The foundation reminded public school employees cannot pray with students.
Afterwards, parents and students at Friday’s game stood next to each other holding hands and prayed, but coaches were no longer present.
“It’s not allowed because it sends a message to students that the school is endorsing the religion,” said representative for Freedom From Religion Chris Line.
Line stated, “They may realize the coach likes the prayer and he wants prayer to take place, so I’m going to single myself out if I choose not to participate.”
Most parents did not see a problem with it though, and neither do I.
One mother, Michelle Pace, said, “I have my right to pray and everybody else has a right to pray so we’ll stand behind Coach Small and our boys.”
How would you feel if this was your child’s team?