Another high school, another football coach who can’t keep his faith to himself.
This time, Tom Brittain (below), the head varsity football coach at Tempe Preparatory Academy in Arizona, told his players to pray after a big victory and joined in with them as well — both of which you’re not supposed to do:
Last week, I posted an excerpt from Shane Hayes‘ new book The End of Unbelief. Hayes is a Christian who believes he can reach out to atheists more effectively than most apologists because, well, he used to be one of us.
Commenters ripped him a new one. (I feel obligated to mention that I warned him that might happen.) But I told Hayes beforehand that he was welcome to offer a response to whatever they said.
And so that’s what he did. His full response is below.
At Least Someone in This Ohio School District Had the Good Sense to Put a Stop to a Staff Email Prayer Chain
At the school I worked at, like many other schools, we would occasionally hear via email about faculty members going through difficult times, especially when it meant they were out of the building for a while. Some staff members might hit Reply All say something consoling, but it was almost always professional. You knew in the back of your head that your emails could theoretically go public at anytime. You were a government employee — that’s how it worked.
At A.I. Root Middle School in Medina, Ohio, to deal with similar issues, the faculty members started an email prayer chain instead. Even the principal participated.
You can see the problem with that. Lots of religion going through a public school, an implicit promotion of Christianity by staff members and administrators, pressure on faculty members to continue the chain before they were seen in a bad light by their superiors…
The staff members at China Elementary in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District love children, and Jesus, and not necessarily in that order.
If you look at their website and social media, it seems like they promote Jesus every chance they get, mostly with the school’s illegally-teacher-led “Hawks for Christ” group which they promote nonstop on their Facebook page (some of which have since been deleted). There’s also the Duck Dynasty dress-up day they had last year and the school song which includes the words “God bless.”