Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
We should not be surprised when we hear that a school or even both schools in the state playoffs are told not to pray before the game. It has become a given that the state will not allow them to pray publicly or have the crowd led in prayer. America has become secularized to the point that many no longer even questions whether there should be a prayer before the game. But what if the two schools are Christian schools?
First Coastal News reports
Two Christian high schools were told members of their football teams, their fans, and coaches were not allowed to pray together before Friday’s 2A state championship game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
The decision was made Thursday in an email from the head of the Florida State High School Athletic Association, Dr. Roger Dearing. Dearing took less than four hours to review the issue.
Once again this has put the state and a minority group (atheists) over the majority and the will of the people. It never ceases to amaze me how upside down our culture has become. And the schools had little chance to appeal as the game was to be held the next day.
The Christian Post reports
However, Cambridge Christian Schools’s head, Tim Euler, questioned the ruling and said it makes no sense.
“Florida State Legislature is opened up with prayer in a building that is paid by tax dollars. What is the difference?” Euler told 10 News. “If they can pray there, we can pray here… So I think his reasoning is flawed at the core of it.”
Meanwhile, the two Christian schools had no time to appeal the ruling or to open a discussion.
Rather than seek to go through an appeal process, which would have likely lasted well past game time, the two schools sought other means of asking for God to protect and bless their athletes.
Christian News reports
Instead of using the public address system, both teams gathered together and recited the Lord’s Prayer out loud on the field, while fans prayed silently in the stands.
And though this was a great way to work around the discriminatory rule, it cannot be a permanent solution. Especially as we consider the two things that this does.
First and most glaring, it avoids fixing the problem. The problem is not that they could not pray, but that these two Christian schools were restricted from praying together. But there is a worse consequence.
The ban on prayer at public events is meant to avoid breaking the establishment clause of the Constitution of the United States. This, if understood the way the Liberal claims to, would mean that no public or state facility could be used for the promotion of religion. But the problem is that this rule actually does that very thing.
If we say that we do not want the Christian schools to exercise their faith by praying because we are afraid that some will see that as the promotion of Christianity by the state, then we are forced to promote the absence of God or any deity. This is by definition atheism. This then would be the State of Florida preferring and passing a law that shows preference to the religion of Atheism.
But are we really surprised?