Freedom From Religion Group Files Complaint About Central, East Ridge Players Praying Over Injured Player

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Wisconsin Freedom from Religion group has filed a complaint about Central and East Ridge High players joining together on the football field to pray for an injured player in a game last Sept. 9.

Attorney Rebecca S. Markert of the Freedom from Religion Foundation said in a letter to County School Board Attorney Scott Bennett said that "public school coaches must refrain not only from leading players in prayer but also in participating in students' prayers."

She said the group recently learned of the "post-game prayer circle" and asked county school officials "to remind athletic directors and coaches in this district to refrain from leading their teams in prayer or participating in team prayer circles initiated by players."

Attorney Markert said there is a video of the prayer circle that was posted on the Facebook page of Stump on Sports.

She said the video shows an adult in a Central shirt leading everyone in prayer.

The attorney said, "While it is laudable for students and coaches to express concern over an injured player, coaches may not use an injury as an opportunity to engage students in a religious exercise." 

Click here to read the complaint.

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