***Update***: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the District.
The Bell County Board of Education in Kentucky used to allow ministers to deliver pre-game prayers over the loudspeaker at football games. But in 2011, faced with the threat of a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (and the fact that the Supreme Court declared those types of prayers illegal), they got rid of them.
Looks like they still haven’t learned their lesson.
At their meeting on Tuesday night, board members decided to approve student-led prayers over the loudspeakers at football games:
The board voted to reinstate pre-game prayer before football games. Prayers will be student lead over the public address system instead of minister lead as it had been done in the past.
Parent Joe Humfleet from the boosters program addressed the board requesting the reinstatement. The board also received a letter and collection of signatures from students also in request of returning the pre-game prayer.
Look. This is not complicated. It doesn’t matter how popular these prayers are. The Supreme Court said student-led prayers, just like minister-led ones, are illegal in Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe (2000).
How are these board members so ignorant that they still don’t realize that? Or do they just not care? They’re asking to be sued. (And trust me: They will be sued. This is a slam dunk case for any church/state separation group.)
While we’re at it, why can’t the Christians in the community pray privately? Do they need a loudspeaker? Is Jesus deaf now?
That’s not the only problem. Someone should really look into the school nurses…
The board has now decided to use the services of Christian healthcare provider — Grace Community Health Center. The center says they have received a $650,000 grant to provide the nursing services to the school system. The center also offers health department nurses employment with the center at a higher pay rate than they currently receive.
Someone please save the students from the adults in charge of their education.
FFRF has been notified. Again.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)