For the past 50 years, the Friday night football games at Haralson County High School in Tallapoosa, Georgia have started with a prayer offered by the team’s chaplain. But on September 7, this tradition was halted when the school superintendent caved in to intimidation from a Wisconsin atheist organization called the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which demanded that the school stop allowing prayer over the football stadium’s PA system. The atheists claimed that separation of church and state made the prayer unconstitutional. The school board decided it would be better to acquiesce in the atheist group’s demand rather than face a potential lawsuit, which the school could not afford.
While the atheists succeeded in silencing the prayers of schools across America in its campaign to remove all mention of God, faith or religion from any public place or event, it has not yet found a method of shutting up citizens and students. So, at the beginning of the Haralson County football team’s first home game this fall, students, parents and other spectators used the “moment of silence” that replaced the forbidden prayer to recite the Lord’s Prayer in unison. The community expressed overwhelming support for the prayer.
The atheists are still complaining because the nearby Providence Baptist Church provides meals for the team at a cost of $5,000 a year. The atheist group recently attacked another Georgia high school for allowing local churches to feed its football team, calling this practice “unconstitutional.”
I’ve asked this question before, but I ask it again. When are Christians going to realize that the atheists are determined to forbid any mention of God or religion or Christianity in any public event, and that includes football games and high school graduations.
Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.
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