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Was it Right to Force a Ban of Prayer Before a High School Game?

A Georgia school district has banned prayer before games after the threat of a lawsuit by a Wisconsin-based organization.

A Wisconsin-based organization threatened Haralson County School District in Georgia with a lawsuit should it continue to pray before school sports. In response, the school district pulled the prayer.

According to Foxnews, the organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation, sent a letter to the school saying that sanctioned prayers violate students’ First Amendment Rights. The lawsuit reportedly applies to all school sponsored events. As a result, the school district has halted all prayer over public announcement speakers. Groups, however, were reported to have prayed in individual circles before Friday night’s football game.

So what do you think? Was the organization right to bring the lawsuit against the school district? Or do you think this is this a misinterpretation of the words "Freedom of Religion" in the Constitution.

Racer X September 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM
OICUR12- Dude, the Vodka shake gag was only in jest. For the record, I do not wish to post on this topic anymore. I have said my piece and read other's perspectives. When I am directly adrdessed, I feel the need to reply, as I use my real name here. You don't seem to understand that it's not us against them. We are all Americans. You, in the far right, do as much to alienate moderate liberals as those on the far left who are alienating moderate conservatives. The 70% of moderates are being divided by the 15% at each end of the spectrum. Shame on us. I don't agree with Grant's views but I can appreciate when someone does something nice, especially in this forum wrought with hate. Being insulting does nothing for anyone. Doing so without attaching your real name doubly so.
Racer X September 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Bill- I checked out your Facebook page. I know we are at odds on this topic but believe would likely agree on many other things. Thanks for serving our country and for showing some backbone. There are many on Patch, Left and Right, who hide behind their computers, throw rocks, and accomplish nothing.
CPJMSR September 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
No one is above the law. Countless suits have shown that it is unlawful to hold prayers in public schools. Public schools are for everyone, including those of different faiths, those with no faith, and those who could not care less about faith. If you would like your children to be in a school that supports their particular faith, enroll them in a private religious school.
skeptic4321 September 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
The only "Christian" concept, imo, that has any value is "do unto others." And this is not even uniquely Christian. "Christian principles" include a virgin birth, resurrections, heaven/hell, judgment day, vicarious redemption via human sacrifice (predicated on animal sacrifice), magical thinking/prayer, imaginary friends/enemies, suppression of women's rights, homophobia, scientific illiteracy, etc. (and I think these may be contemporary Republican characteristics, too). You can believe these things all you want, but our government established by our secular Constitution (the only mention of god/religion in our Constitution is exclusionary) cannot favor one religion or sect over another or religion over non-religion. For this reason, prayers should not be said at government supported/publicly funded gatherings (and, imo, there shouldn't even be a moment of silence, as this, in reality, is promoting religion over non-religion and is always something Christians want to impose on others). Think about it- ALL these things are instigated by Christians trying to impose their beliefs on others. If you Christians would stop trying to impose your beliefs, ideas, superstition/magical thinking, etc., on us non-Christians, perhaps we would stop throwing the BS flag at your Bronze Age mythology in tax payer supported/public forums.
skeptic4321 September 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Finally, "In God We Trust" on paper money and "...,under god,..." in the pledge are products of the 1950's cold war and were not part of American history until the 1950's. "E Pluribus Unum" as the default motto and "..one nation, indivisable.." with no mention of a god were far better than the creeping Christian theocracy we have in America.

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