The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making headlines again
This time targeting the coach at Ridgeland High School in Georgia for allegedly conducting prayers at school football games, sending players to different churches for pre-game meals, using bible verses as motivational tools and placing pressure on players to attend a religious football camp.
Critical thinking agrees with the FFRF and says this is completely uncalled for and inappropriate behavior.
- The United States is the most religiously diverse nation in the world, boasting more than 1,500 religious bodies and sects. There are nearly 360,000 churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues representing millions of members and an untold number of beliefs and philosophies. The idea of mixing religion with education is therefore ridiculous. America is a melting pot with room for all religions and belief systems, but not under one roof.
- Fundamentalist Christians have damaged their credibility over the past 50 years by proclaiming that the government has “kicked God out of the schools.” The faithful are as free to pray and believe as they have always been without making a public display out of a private, personal process.
- Before the 1962 Supreme Court decision to ban faculty-led school prayer (Engel vs. Vitale), the brainwashing began in kindergarten and continued through high school. Convincing an intelligent, informed high school sophomore born in the information age of a man living inside a whale, a virgin birth, and a dead man coming back to life, is going to be next to impossible—unless you’ve been brainwashing him from infancy. And that’s the real reason the religious have been fighting the Engel vs. Vitale decision for the last 50 years.
- The bottom line is I can’t prove if there is a God, but neither can you, or the highest of religious leaders or a high school football coach, which is why it’s fine to believe what your heart tells you to believe, but it should be kept a private matter.
As always, I look forward to your comments.
Steve Siebold, CSP