Kentucky High School Starts Football Season With Pre-Game Prayer Despite Complaint from Atheist Group

(PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BRANDY BAUER) The Bell County High School football team huddles up before their 2015 season opener against Middlesboro High School in Pineville, Kentucky on Aug, 21, 2015.
(PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BRANDY BAUER)
The Bell County High School football team huddles up before their 2015 season opener against Middlesboro High School in Pineville, Kentucky on Aug, 21, 2015.

Nearly 4 years ago, a letter from, the freedom from religion foundation forced Bell County Schools to end pre-game prayer with fans.

State attorneys told the school system, continuing it, would be unconstitutional.

The decision was not a popular one.

Fast forward to 2015, when a faculty member and some students offered a petition.

They cite the 1st amendment, which protects free exercise of religion.

Board members agreed, and for now, a pre-game prayer will kick-off the football season.

Reviving an old tradition, on a brand new field.

“It’s been a long-standing tradition here at Bell County High School, that there be prayer at the football games. Then there was obviously someone who was opposed to it,” said Samantha Johnson, a teacher at Bell County High School.

It was 4 years ago.

The school board received a letter from the freedom from religion foundation, which led to the decision of ending pre-game prayer.

“The prayers were simply usually praying over the players and their safety. There was nothing offensive in the prayers,” said Johnson.

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SOURCE: WKYT/WYMT

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