Alabama School District: We Totally Want to Keep Christian Prayers Before Football Games, but the Law Says We Can’t

It’s hard to believe that some public high schools still have explicitly Christian prayers before football games… and even harder to believe that no one has the knowledge or courage to report it.

But that’s what was happening in Alabama’s Piedmont City School District until the Freedom From Religion Foundation stepped in this past March:

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Alabama High School Football Team Performs Baptisms on the Field After Practice

I’ll never understand why some Christians, clearly breaking the law, choose to do so publicly. When you break the rules, you shouldn’t be bragging about it on social media or the Internet.

Yet that’s what the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims is happening in the Russellville City Schools (in Alabama).

Like the football team’s (alleged) chaplain Tanner Hall who baptized players after practice earlier this month, a ritual that was documented on Twitter (by the school’s athletic director) and Facebook:



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If Football Players Were Atheists, Every Postgame Interview Would Sound Like This

In an ideal world, credit would be given where it’s due



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Texas A&M Now Holds University-Supported Prayers Before Football Games

Over the weekend, before Texas A&M lost to Ole Miss, the Aggies held not one, not two, but three separate prayers on the field before kickoff. The first two were led by Student Body President Kyle Kelly. The third was led by Memorial Student Center President Ryan Trantham.

Kelly said the idea originated from the South Carolina game when he noticed how the Gamecocks led a prayer before the game. He said he liked the idea, but didn’t think anything more of it.

The following week, Kelly said he received a phone call from Regent Jim Schwertner, who asked if Kelly had also noticed the gameday prayer.

“Our school has got such time honored traditions and values and I thought why aren’t we doing that?” Schwertner said.

Because it’s illegal, that’s why.

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One of the Best College Football Players in the Country is an Atheist… Maybe

The blogger at Reason Reaction recently began chatting with a college football player who happens to be a starter at a major school (in that they’re constantly mentioned in discussions about the best teams in the country).

It turns out this player is an atheist. Because of that, he didn’t reveal his identity or school, but he agreed to do an interview:



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