Coach-Led Prayer on High School Baseball Team Comes to an End After Atheists Take Action February 28, 2015

Coach-Led Prayer on High School Baseball Team Comes to an End After Atheists Take Action

They have a weird way of ending baseball practices at Leesburg High School in Florida:

It is our understanding that beginning on January 26, 2015 and continuing on January 28 and January 29, 2015, and every day since at the end of baseball practice, the head coach Rich Billings or assistant coach John Meier has led the students in prayer or told the students that it is time to pray.

That’s obviously illegal. American Atheists sent a letter of concern to the principal earlier this month, and a week later, they got a response:

I am in agreement with your expectations and will take immediate action to cease the practice of prayer.

To that end, the principal told the coaches to “eliminate the practice of prayer” and promised to address the issue at both the next coaches’ meeting and the next faculty meeting so the problem doesn’t happen again.

That’s exactly how this problem needs to be handled. Students can always pray on their own, but coaches (in a position of authority) can’t lead the way or participate with them.

No lawsuits from AA and no whining from school administrators.

But I’m sure the American Family Association will soon complain that this adherence to the Constitution is some sort of “anti-Christian bigotry”…

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