Can’t you just imagine the explosion of anger and moral outrage this is causing, simply because the school is being made to uphold the law of the land?
TALLAPOOSA, GA CBS ATLANTA -For more than 50 years the Haralson County High School Rebels have been praying before football games over their public announcement system. For the first time since the prayers began all those years ago, the loud speaker was silenced. In their first home game against Bowdon things were a lot different. The changes came after a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation was sent to Haralson County Schools Superintendent Brett Stanton.
The letter, dated Sept. 19, 2011 asked the district to stop praying over the loud speaker because it was violating the constitution. According to the letter, signed by, Stephanie A. Schmitt, a lawyer for the foundation, it read; “First and foremost, it is illegal for a public school to organize, sponsor and lead prayers at public high school athletic events.”
Under the constitution, via separation of church and state, Stanton agreed that from a professional position, it was in the schools best interest to replace the prayer with a moment of silence instead. “We are going to follow the guidelines of the Constitution,” Stanton said. “I think it is a huge adjustment for this community, something they are having to adapt to. And something that has really brought them together.”
Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. This is my favorite quote, though:
“I am upset because I think our God-given rights are being taken away as well. We are a God-believing community and we have our rights too. This is needed in our community. If you don’t want to support the prayer then allow us to have our say.”
Oh for fuck’s sake! Nobody is making you stop praying altogether, as if such a thing were even possible. Go home and pray. Get into your car and pray. Hey, sit on the toilet and pray for all anyone cares (they don’t). But don’t make prayer part of a public school activity. You people who complain about the sanctity of your American rights sure are quick to ignore the things about our country’s church & state separation when it’s convenient for you.