A Wisconsin atheist group is threatening another rural high school by attempting to silence the First Amendment rights of a football coach. But a group of area clergy on the field have made an ‘”extra point,” saying attempts to prohibit free exercise of religion are premature.
Last week, the Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to East Knox High School claiming it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to participate in students’ prayers because it violates the “Establishment Clause.” While the group’s bark is known to be worse than its bite, the jury is still out, with President Trump’s transformation of the federal judiciary underway.
Several pastors believe the “Free Exercise Clause” of the First Amendment is finally gaining ground on the establishment clause that has led to the judiciary’s past hostility toward religion.
“I believe our nation is going through a spiritual awakening,” says Pastor J.C. Church of Victory in Truth Ministries. “Elections have consequences, and the tide is turning. We need to continue appointing judges for the next generation that interpret the Constitution based on the original intent of our Founding Fathers.”
According to Pastor Aaron Boggs of Fredericktown Freewill Baptist, “there is no doubt the Founding Fathers designed the government based on Christian principles that do not prohibit the free exercise of religion.”
FFRF has made its living on the premise of “separation of church and state,” a phrase that does not exist in the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights.
The group has demonstrated hostility for religion losing several high-profile cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance, and the “In GOD We Trust” motto on American currency. In Ohio, the FFRF has been highly ineffective, even losing a case in 2013 when it actually opposed the construction of a Holocaust Memorial at the Statehouse.
East Knox Superintendent Steve Larcomb received a letter from the angry group on Nov. 27 regarding the involvement of varsity head football coach Cody Rees. Larcomb declined to comment on whether the district planned to take action in response to the allegations.
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SOURCE: Frontlines Ohio