Atheist groups fight to keep God out of schools

Friday, September 28, 2018
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no crossAtheist groups are continuing their barrage on the public school system.

Recent attacks are seen as desperate attempts to eradicate God – and anything to do with Christianity – from campuses from coast to coast.

Where praying for someone’s a crime …

Not long after a video showing players and parents praying for one of a coach's gravely ill daughters was posted on Facebook, an atheist group demanded that the Michigan school immediately take the video down.

Fearing a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), reported that Lake City school officials removed a video of people praying for four-year-old Harper Smith, who is suffering from a serious infection. 

Liberty Counsel Senior Litigation Counsel Roger Gannam argues the school was not promoting religion.

"Anyone who watched that video would understand that's what's going on – and not an endorsement of a particular religion,” Gannam asserted. “The fact that people pray at times of crisis – especially for people that they love – shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, and I don't think [this] is really an offense to the vast majority of people."

The Christian lawyer maintained that no one was coerced into taking part in the prayer on the school's football field.

"This was a voluntary gathering,” Gannam pointed out. “No one was compelled to attend – and under the circumstances, again, there is a crisis here, and people want to express their support for the coach and his daughter. Praying is a perfectly natural thing to do."

Faithwire also reported that the atheist foundation's interference apparently has backfired since the story has gained national attention, and now, thousands of more people are praying for Harper.

Christian businesses not allowed?

In another incident down South, a school board in Louisiana has unanimously voted to fight an atheist group that filed a lawsuit demanding the school remove the logo of a Christian businessman from a public high school football field.

Christ Fit Gym owner, Billy Weatherall, paid $3,500 dollars to paint his logo on the field -- complete with a cross and a Bible reference.

Americans United for the Separation of Church State (AUSCS) is demanding that it be permanently removed.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver argued that board members did the right thing.

"There's no question the sponsor has a right to put his name of the gym in the end zone,” Staver asserted. “He paid the school and signed a contract, and [that’s not void just] because the name has the word “Christ” in it – and a cross doesn't mean that it's an establishment of religion, [either]."

Two students – who were told to help the ground crew paint over the logo – refused to do so.

The Christian legal expert also contends that the students did the right thing.

"I'm glad that the students decided they're not going to paint over this symbol,” Staver expressed. “They're not going to paint over the name of Christ. They stood up for their beliefs, and certainly the school was in [a] terrible situation to try to force them to be part of painting over the word, ‘Christ.’"

Americans United also filed a lawsuit back in February alleging that the school district promotes Christianity at graduations, awards ceremonies and at student government meetings.

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