Atheist group threatens to sue high school after football team prayed for injured player
We’ve covered these anti-religion intolerance mobs before. They’re scum. Today’s outrage comes from the Freedom From Religion Foundation who threatened to sue a high school after its players knelt in prayer while an injured player was being tended to on the field.
The injured player was on the ground being tended to by trainers and coaches.
So the Seminole High School football team did what many football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and prayed for their injured teammate.
But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation – a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin.
An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools – accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child.
A school district spokesman told me the injured child, who is the son of the team’s head coach, has since rejoined the team.
“It is our information and understanding that Seminole High School (is) allowing an adult, a local pastor, to act as a ‘volunteer chaplain’ for the football team,” FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote.
The attorney said the school cannot “allow a non-school adult access to the children in its charge, and certainly cannot grant that access to a pastor seeking to organize prayer for the students.”
The FFRF told the school district to “refrain from having a ‘volunteer team chaplain’ at Seminole High School.
The school district said the prayer was instigated by students and denied that a chaplain prayed with the team. School spokesman Mike Blasewitz told MyNews13.com that the school doesn’t even have a team chaplain, contrary to the FFRF’s allegations.
“There is nothing to cease and desist because our behavior was within the guidelines in the first place,” he told television station WFTV. “No adults in the photo, no adults participating, no adults leading it.”
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Here’s the deal:
It doesn’t matter if any adults participated in the prayer. It doesn’t matter if an adult led the prayer. It doesn’t matter if the team had a volunteer chaplain for the team. NONE OF THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The 1st Amendment guarantees students (and teachers, I might add) the right to practice their religions.
There would only be a Constitutional issue if the high school was forcing people to participate in religious activities or disallowing students from participating in their own expression of religion. The school has not “established a religion” or any religious preference, and no amount of teachers or students praying changes that. The teachers and students are all individuals protected by the Constitution, and as long as they don’t force other to participate or prevent others from practicing their own religions, there is no Constitutional infringement.
Here’s what the FFRF really wants: to infringe on the rights of these young men. They want to prevent these young men from praying because they’re a bunch of intolerant bullies. What they advocate is an obvious distortion of the Constitution.
If you want “freedom from religion,” I’ve got news for you: you already have it in America. If you don’t like seeing people praying: don’t look at it. It’s as simple as that.