No Prayers Before Sporting Events?
Should prayers be allowed before public school sporting events? According to one lawsuit, they shouldn't.
The Associated Press reports that parents Jim and Nichole Bellar say they want to prohibit the prayers from being said at events in the River Forest Community School Corp. in Hobart, Indiana. Their son has participated on several teams where coaches have led sectarian prayers before the games. In addition to these prayers, the Bellars also object to prayers before or during school board meetings and at graduation. They say their son has felt ostracized by the prayers.
American Civil Liberties Union attorney Gavin Rose told The Times newspaper of Munster that the prayers are a "serious and flagrant affront" to the First Amendment.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Now, show me where this was violated? It doesn't say that prayers are prohibited, just that Congress should make no law concerning religious exercise or establishment.
If lil dude doesn't want to pray, he doesn't have to. He should be allowed to sit on the bench or do whatever else he wants to do while those who want to pray take the time they need to take to pray. And if I was the coach, I'd still pray over my team and point my hand in the child's direction. Just because his parents don't feel the need for him to be covered in prayer doesn't mean I can't make my petition for his safety.