By Theodore Shoebat
Atheists in Kentucky tried to force a high school football team from praying before games. The students are defying the antichrist atheists and are demanding to be allowed to pray anyways:
A Kentucky high school has defied an atheist group’s demand that the school keep prayer out of its pre-football game festivities, as the school kicked off its 2015 football season with a student-led invocation last Friday.
Prior to August 2011, Bell County High School practiced a long-standing tradition of letting a Christian pastor lead in a pre-game prayer over the stadium’s public-address system as a way of asking God to keep the student-athletes safe.
But after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest atheist organization, filed a complaint with the school district’s then-Superintendent George Thompson, and threatened to file a lawsuit, school officials decided to end the prayer tradition to avoid costly litigation.
FFRF was successful in keeping prayer out of Bell County High’s athletics events for nearly four years. But as the Bell County Bobcats geared up for their season opener against the Middlesboro Yellowjackets on Aug. 21, local news outlets reported that students and a faculty member had started a petition to reintroduce the pre-game prayer tradition during the 2015 football season.
The petition cites the First Amendment, which protects both the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. The Bell County Board of Education took the petition into account and agreed to allow a student to lead in a pre-game prayer over the public-address system.
“It’s been a long-standing tradition here at Bell County High School that there be prayer at the football games. Then there was obviously someone who was opposed to it,” Bell County High teacher Samantha Johnson told WKYT. “The prayers were simply usually praying over the players and their safety. There was nothing offensive in the prayers.”