According to Fox News, Florida’s Cambridge Christian School was barred from saying a word of prayer before their match against University Christian School last month in 2A state championship football game.
Saying a word of prayer before the match has been a tradition for Cambridge Christian School for long but recently before their match against University Christian School the Florida High School Athletic Association(FHSAA) restricted them from doing so. They told both the schools that praying publicly before the match was against the law as it would be viewed as endorsement of religion since the schools would be praying on government property.
Still, the team players gathered on the field to recite “The Lord’s prayer”.
Head of School Tim Euler, said “We train our students that prayer is foundational to their walk with Christ. Our faith is founded in prayer.”
The prayer ban disturbed the players and the team. Jacob Enns, the team’s 17-year-old kicker said while talking to Fox News, “It’s something we did before every game this season. It’s been our tradition ever since I’ve been on the team and our tradition was ruined. It made me wonder, is it wrong to pray?”
Explaining their stance on the subject, head coach Bob Dare said, ““We are raising godly young men that can make a difference in the world they live in. This is why CCS is so committed to praying before every home football game.”
Liberty Institute, a law firm that works for religious freedom has sent a letter to FHSAA demanding an apology for what they call a “gross violation of law”. Should they fail to do so, the law firm has threatened to file a federal lawsuit.
FHSAA has yet to respond to the demand.