Oneida, TN- After the ACLU pressured Oneida High School into ending the practice of saying a prayer over the loud speakers and replacing it with a moment of silence, cheerleader Asia Canada took matters into her own hands and led a prayer from the sidelines. The result? The entire crowd joined in.
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ACLU Tells Schools To Stop Praying, Or They May Sue
Tennessee is perhaps best know for country music. “Music City”, as it is known, plays home to the mountain distilled whiskey Jack Daniels (Ole Lady 7 as I like to call it), the Great Smoky Mountains, crazy night life, hot chicken and the buckle of the bible belt. Okay, perhaps not the buckle, but definitely one of the first couple holes.
As reported by the Tennessean,
The ACLU has sent a letter to 135 Tennessee school executives telling them to stop praying at football games. The ACLU of Tennessee reminded school executives that the Supreme Court has ruled multiple times against public prayer.
“Our experience is that many public school administrators and educators struggle with how the constitutional guarantees of religious freedom apply to prayer during their school-sponsored events,” said Hedy Weinberg, the ACLU’s executive director. “Our goal is to make sure that school systems statewide understand these First Amendment guarantees and commit to protecting religious freedom for all students, including athletes, and for their families who attend the games.”
The ACLU was promoted to compose the letter after an East Tennessee football coach publicly endorsed the idea of prayer before football games. However, Weinber hasn’t actually ever received a complaint about prayer before football games.
Weinberg says that the ACLU is prepared to go to court to support families who are “victimized”.
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