The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children.
More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Thursday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field.
The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents.
To best of anyone’s knowledge around Gainesville, no one associated with the football team has a problem with the voluntary prayers. The atheists says that’s beside the point citing the Establishment Clause.
The atheists apparently went undercover to photograph coaches engaged in what they considered to be unseemly and unconstitutional behavior with the teenage football players.
“We have received reports that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked,” the atheists breathlessly reported in their letter to the Hall County School District.
Hands interlocked? I can only imagine that atheists across the fruited plain shuddered at such damning evidence.
The atheists also got upset because the team workout schedule included the words “Fortitude 2014, Gal. 6:9” and the cheerleaders wrote a Bible verse on a large banner: “Iron Sharpens Iron, Proverbs 21:17.”
Cleanse the school of religion or prepare to be sued, the atheists warned.
As we say in the Deep South, local residents are preparing to back up and bring it.
“If the atheist group doesn’t like the prayer, tell them to stick their fingers in their ears,” said one caller to radio station WDUN.
That is their first amendment right and the atheist can call on their god Satan too. I would follow any laws or court cases the same way 0bama does... ignore it!
I've said before a thousand times. NO WHERE in the United States Constitution refers to the separation of "church and state. NO WHERE!
This needs to happen a lot more.It offends me that they are offended so whose rights are more important?
The problem becomes when students are told: IF you don't pray with us, you can't play. What if you were commanded to attend Catholic Church services or you can't attend the sports event at your child's school?
It's a matter of Freedom of Religion. Remember our Constitution says: Your right of religious freedom must not be demanded if you run for political office. We value our Rights to be religious, and to pick the religion of our choice. We have many citizens of many religious beliefs, Christian or otherwise. What if you were forced to put your hand on the Koran in court and pledge to tell the truth, would you object? The place for religion is in our homes and churches as we please, not commanded! We value our right to pray as we wish, not commanded to pray, or else.