The Houston Chronicle published a slideshow the other day of Fort Bend Kempner High School’s football team (in Sugar Land, Texas) getting ready for their first game of the season. This is Texas high school football. It’s a big deal.
While most of the pictures are what you’d expect — warm-ups, a huddle, the band — there was one picture featuring the players coming together in prayer… with head coach Darrin Andrus leading the way.
(I can’t repost the image on this site, but you can see it here.)
There’s no mention on the site that this is an illegal practice. The students are welcome to pray on their own, but the coaching staff cannot join them (it’s a form of coercion).
This is how commonplace this practice is. It’s just assumed you’re Christian, and don’t you dare say anything to the contrary or you’ll be ostracized.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been notified. But this image gives you an indication of just how widespread this problem is.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to K for the link)