The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been setting themselves up to be as powerful of an organization for suppressing Christian religious liberties as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and not surprisingly, their agenda is far more anti-Christian.
Now a Georgia school district, under threat of legal action, has bowed to the FFRF’s demands in restricting even student-led prayer and worship times in schools, according to the Christian Post. This particular incident is taking place in Coweta County, a rural area southwest of Atlanta, but knowing the FFRF’s national agenda to scrub God from any form of local or federal government, it’s not likely to end there.
According to their own press release, the FFRF sent a letter to the Coweta County School System on Oct. 25 threatening legal action because John Small, Coweta High School’s football coach, regularly leads his team in prayer before games.
“Coach Small’s conduct is unconstitutional because he endorses and promotes his religion when acting in his official capacity as a school district employee,” the letter states.
While it’s nothing new — nor surprising — that an atheist group is having a problem with school employees leading prayer times, the FFRF decided to take things a step further and insist that coaches, teachers, and other school employees cannot legally participate in prayer and worship times at the school even when a student is leading them.
“Public school coaches must refrain not only from leading prayers themselves, but also from participating in students’ prayers. It is unconstitutional for public school employees to participate in the religious activities of their students,” the FFRF said, later adding in their press release that, “When a public school employee in that official role organizes and advocates for team prayer, religion is endorsed on the district’s behalf.”
According to the FFRF, the Coweta school district responded almost immediately, informing their schools that “neither school staff nor volunteer staff may lead or participate in religious activity before, during or after high school football games.”
But what does “participate” mean? The FFRF cited the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the “Borden v. School District of the Township of East Brunswick” case in New Jersey in 2008.
According to the court’s ruling, a coach is participating in a prayer if he is “taking a knee,” “bowing his head,” or joining hands with a prayer circle. The ruling did not, of course, address “taking a knee” while protesting the National Anthem — a posture with strong religious undertones that the FFRF appears to have no problem with as long as America as we know it is being protested.
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