A Michigan high school has come under fire after a football coach led his players in a prayer for his sick daughter.
Lake City High School in Lake City, Michigan, has come under fire after the school’s football coach led students in prayer during what the coach called a “family circle.” The gathering occurred on the football field, but on their own time, not during a school function, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported.
The coach told the media that on August 30 he led the students in a prayer for his own sick daughter.
“We pray for the young girl. We hope that she gets better soon because for anybody to be ill like that is one thing – but for a little child it goes a lot deeper,” local businessman Bruce DeBoer told television station WPBN.
A video of the poignant moment was shared on a school Facebook page and soon after it triggered a severe microaggression among a gang of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers based in Wisconsin.
“It is unlawful for a school district to schedule prayer at school-sponsored events,” Freedom From Religion legal fellow Colin McNamara wrote in a threatening letter to the school district. “The district must not schedule, promote, or endorse prayer of any kind at any school-sponsored events, including football games.”
The FFRF was especially disturbed to learn that coaches had bowed their heads to pray for the sick little girl.
“Public school coaches must refrain not only from leading prayers themselves, but also from participating in students’ prayers,” McNamara wrote.
He said coaches and public school employees are forbidden by federal law from “even minimal involvement in the prayer.”
Once again the Christian haters of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have abrogated the Constitution in the false proclamation that it is illegal to expose public school children to Christianity.
Of course, the Constitution says “freedom of religion,” not freedom “from” religion as the anti-Christian group insists.
As Starnes said in the coda to his report:
“I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of unspeakable evil and hate that would justify bullying townsfolk as they prayed for an ailing little girl.”
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