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'Satan's Power Was Defeated Tonight': Tennessee HS Football Team Defies School Board, Holds Post-Game Prayer

TrĂ© Goins-Phillips : Sep 22, 2021  Faithwire.com

"After the game, players and cheerleaders that choose to will be on the field praying on their own. A group of parents will be going out on the field to support them. We will join hands and encircle them from a distance as a sign of protection and solidarity in choosing to continue to pray. This is a parent led event! We are encouraging anyone that would like to show their support to please join us." -Dustin Whitefield, parent

[Faithwire.com] After a school board in Tennessee told teachers and coaches they could no longer lead students in prayer, members of the football team and their parents took matters into their own hands. (Screengrab image)

Last week, administrators with Putnam County Schools told staffers they would be barred from leading students in prayer in the future, a decision that came as a result of a letter from the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, according to WZTV-TV.

After consulting with an attorney for the school board, a spokesperson for PCS said case law disallowing prayer or proselytizing "is clear," noting, "Courts have consistently ruled that prayer and proselytizing cannot be sponsored by schools or school personnel"...

...The school board's action sparked a faith-filled response from students and their parents, who planned a prayer event last Friday night after Upperman High School's game against Stone Memorial.

One father, Dustin Whitefield, told WZTV-TV that, while he understands Upperman is a public school, post-game prayers should not be a problem because participation "has always been optional for players"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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