Michigan High School Football Coaches Face Legal Challenge After Inviting Opponents to Pray After Game

Bridgeport High School junior varsity football players pray with coaches and opponents in this photo posted to Facebook on September 7, 2017. (PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ASHLEY LYNN MILLER)
Bridgeport High School junior varsity football players pray with coaches and opponents in this photo posted to Facebook on September 7, 2017. (PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ASHLEY LYNN MILLER)

The nation’s largest secular legal organization is pressuring a Michigan school district to bar its high school football coaches from participating in team prayers after a junior varsity coach allegedly invited an opposing team to join in prayer after a game.

After the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that a Washington state high school football coach does not have the right to pray at midfield after football games, the Freedom From Religious Foundation is now trying to pressure Bridgeport High School to force its football coaches to stop praying with their players.

FFRF, a Wisconsin-based group that advocates for a strict separation of church and state and has over 700 members in Michigan, sent a letter to Bridgeport Spaulding School District Superintendent Carol Shelby late last month to complain about coaches on the Bridgeport High School junior varsity football team who invited members of the opposing team to join their prayer gathering at a game on Sept. 7.

The letter included a screengrab of a photo shared by the Bridgeport High School Football Facebook page showing the teams huddling in prayer after the game. The picture was initially shared on Facebook by an observer of the game.

“Tonight I saw something pretty miraculous,” the observer noted in her Facebook post. “Our JV team beat Bridgeport tonight, it was a great game! Yay for our 1st Victory! The best part of the whole night though was after the game was over. The Bridgeport coach brought his team over to ours, both teams got in a huddle and took a knee. At that point the coach talked to the kids about how it’s not just about winning but the sportsmanship .. then EVERY player bowed their heads (including coaches)and they PRAYED! They prayed on the football field .. both teams together.”

Although the observer was excited to see the teams pray together, those at FFRF were not.

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SOURCE: Christian Post