Some football coaches are in trouble for something they did with their players. They said a prayer.Apparently even bowing your head constitutes an endorsement of prayer. I can't imagine what would happen if a player sneezed and a coach said "God bless you".
That has the school district taking action.
And the policy, while it may be the law, has plenty of people up in arms.
Every school district has a responsibility to follow the law, and separate private faith from public school. It can be a fine line at times. One crossed in Sumner County, it seems, when the coaches didn’t say a word during a student-led prayer, but they did bow their heads.
In a town like Westmoreland, faith and football seem to matter.
“We’re just respectful, God-fearing people up here,” resident Tony Bentle said.
Bentle called games for Westmoreland High School for 42 years.
“A lot of history. A lot of changes. A lot of football,” he said.
So when he, like a lot of people, heard what happened after a recent game at the middle school.
“It actually blew my mind, that we had come to that point,” he said. “Nobody in this town is offended if you pray. Nobody.”
During a student-originated, student-led prayer, four coaches bowed their heads. They didn’t say a word.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Posted by Rick Moore on 9/25/2011