After Apopka High’s Football Game Last Night, Christians Prayed on the Field in the Most Meaningless Protest Ever

A couple of days ago, we learned that public high schools in Florida’s Orange and Seminole Counties had football coaches leading team prayers, not to mention team chaplains. It’s about as egregious a church/state violation as you’ll ever see at a high school.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to those districts warning them about the constitutional concerns and, to their credit, the districts took action, saying the coach-led prayers would stop and the chaplains were no longer permitted to pray with the teams. They could pray on their own time — and the students were always permitted to pray by themselves — but the adults could no longer coerce the students into praying (directly or indirectly).

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Former InterVarsity Leader at Vanderbilt: We Were “Kicked Off Campus for Being the Wrong Kind of Christians”

Since 2011, Vanderbilt University has upheld an “all comers” policy when it comes to regulating leadership in student groups on campus. The policy says that no student can be barred from a leadership role on the basis of ideological grounds — namely, you don’t have to be a Christian to run for office in a Christian group.

When the policy kicked in years ago, 14 religious groups lost their organizational status rather than adapting to the new policy. One of them was Vanderbilt’s Graduate Christian Fellowship. And this week, one of their former leaders, Tish Harrison Warren, wrote for Christianity Today that her group was “kicked off campus for being the wrong kind of Christians”:



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Director of Seventh-day Adventist Alternative School Arrested for Child Neglect

Miracle Meadows School is a Seventh-day Adventist-run alternative school in Salem, West Virginia. Tuition is $2,900 a month, and the school meets year-round. They encourage parents to send their children there if they’re being dishonest, defiant, or experiencing “spiritual disinterest” (as if that’s a problem…).

And their staff is top notch:

Staff are constant role models, with a divine commission to live as examples of God’s high calling, inspiring the students to follow their lead in responsible Christian living.

So how’s all that working out for them?

Just check out this recent headline in The Exponent Telegram:



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Oklahoma Judge Strikes Down Vouchers for Special Needs’ Students Because Public Money Was Going to Religious Schools

Oklahoma passed a law in 2010, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities act, that provided vouchers to students with special needs. The students could attend one of 49 private schools with the help of taxpayer funding.

But there was a major problem. 43 of those 49 schools were religious. (Only six actually specialized in special needs students.)

Last November, a legal challenge from a couple of public school districts was tossed out by the state’s Supreme Court because a judge said they didn’t have standing as taxpayers. So a dozen individual plaintiffs sued again and, yesterday, a district judge ruled in their favor:

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There’s No Reason Public High Schools Need Chaplains for the Football Team

While we’re on the subject of Christians who think they can get away with breaking the law, what’s with all these pastors who think they can double as chaplains of the local public high school football team?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters earlier this year to schools in Florida’s Orange and Seminole counties warning them about that problem (among several other issues). The districts are finally getting around to tellings coaches they can’t have team chaplains and the pastors are not taking the news well:

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