Coweta School Bans Coaches Leading Prayer, Students Respond by Praying More
November 16, 2017
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(TheBlaze) - After a national atheist group said it “put an end to a Georgia high school coach’s practice of praying with his players,” prayer among students at games has exploded.
What’s the background?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said in a news release that a “concerned local community member” told the group that John Small — the football coach of East Coweta High School football in Sharpsburg — “had made it a habit to pray with his team, which was filmed at a recent game.” So the FFRF sent an Oct. 25 letter to the Coweta County School System warning that it’s unconstitutional for public school coaches to “further personal religious beliefs by leading their teams in prayer.”
How did the players respond?
Prior to the first game after the memo was issued, East Coweta football players gathered near the bleachers to pray with the crowd. “Instead of it being 100 players praying, it turned into 400 students praying,” Small told the Christian Post. “That’s their right, and we are going to support them in that."