Last week, a high school in Alabama put an end to student-led prayers being broadcast over the loudspeaker at a football game after some snowflake attendant complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Students and parents didn’t take too kindly to their prayer being banned, and on Friday, they fought back.
Lee County Schools banned the loudspeaker prayer after receiving a letter from the FFRF, on behalf of the person who couldn’t attend a high school football game without melting and whining to an atheist activist group.
“The Supreme Court has continually struck down school-sponsored prayer in public schools,” FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote in his letter Lee County Schools Superintendent James Edwin McCoy Jr. “Moreover, the Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events, even when student-led. The court reasoned that because the football game was a school-sponsored event, hosting prayer was a constitutional violation.”
The community was less than thrilled and even McCoy lamented the choice he had to make, telling a local station that “It’s sad, it really is, that a small group of individuals can dictate to a community something that the community as a whole does not want. That’s hard to swallow, but I know that’s the world we live in. When the Supreme Court has an opinion and rules one way, then that’s what we abide by. I’m all for the students of the Lee County school system, and I think certain decisions are made that it’s unfortunate we have to abide by that we may not believe in.”
Come game night, parents and students alike made their opinions known. According to AL.com, when the announcer called for a moment of silence right before kickoff, students and parents from both teams began reciting the Lord’s Prayer in unison.
You can hear the prayer start at about 1:07 in the video:
It is sad that constitutional rights are being violated under the guise of protecting the Constitution. The First Amendment protects the rights of every attendant at any football game to freely practice their religion. Whoever couldn’t handle a short loudspeaker prayer could have simply chosen not to participate.
This is exactly what God’s people need to do! When King Cyrus was manipulated into passing a law that forbid his subjects to pray to anyone but him, his loyal servant Daniel was unphased:
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (Daniel 6:10 NIV)
The enemies of God will be after His people until Kingdom come. But that will never stop us from praying to Him and glorifying His name to all the earth!