A Reminder That High School Coaches Shouldn’t Be Praying with Students

It ought to be common sense that public school coaches shouldn’t be leading or participating in prayer with their students, but we’ve seen so many violations of that that it bears repeating.

David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, made a brief video reminding students and coaches alike about what the laws are with regard to coach-led prayer.


Simply put, students have every right to pray in school, even before athletic events. The problems occur when coaches join in or encourage them to do it. That’s coercion, and it shouldn’t be happening.

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Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.