- THE BLAZE - PHIL SHIVER - SEP 20, 2021 -
HS football team leads community in post-game prayer after school board tells coaches and teachers they no longer can: 'Satan's power was defeated tonight'
After a school board in Tennessee told coaches and teachers they could no longer lead students in prayer, a high school football team stepped up in a big way to support religious freedom — and people from across the country are taking notice.
Putnam County Schools administrators informed faculty and staff last week that moving forward they would be prohibited from leading students in prayer, WZTV-TV reported.
"The case law not allowing prayer or proselytizing is clear. Courts have consistently ruled that prayer and proselytizing can not be sponsored by schools or school personnel," administrators said in the memo following a complaint issued by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The anti-religious freedom group had moaned that several instances of "prayer and proselytizing" had occurred at events at Cookeville and Upperman high schools, making reference to the regular occurrence of prayer following high school football games.
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