The American Humanist Association’s Apignini Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to two high schools in Georgia where the football coaches are allegedly violating the Establishment Clause by using their position to promote Christianity by praying with students and quoting the Bible on team documents.
The letter claims that football coaches at Chestatee High School have regularly led and participated in prayer with students, and provides a photograph of the activity as evidence. Additional claims, also supported by photographs, show that official team documents, workout sheets, and pregame banners have featured prominent references to Bible verses. The letter warns that these actions violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
“When a teacher or coach leads or participates in prayer with students, the prayers become sponsored by the school,” said Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “The cases make clear that public schools must not even give the appearance of taking a position on religious belief, yet in this program we see ongoing biblical verses and references to religion. This evidences a complete disregard for the First Amendment rights of all students.”The letter demands that the football coaching staff stop leading and taking part in team prayers and that the school remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents and other materials.
You can read the full letter here.