Real Americans Saves Prayer

25 10 2010

Americans are finally saying E-N-O-U-G-H.

Gio-

Scores of fans and students joined Soddy-Daisy and Rhea County high school football players for a pregame prayer on the 50-yard line of the Rhea County stadium Friday night.

School board member Rhonda Thurman, who was not at the game, said she is proud of the students.

“I think that’s wonderful,” Thurman said. “I think that’s their absolute right and praise God.”

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Loudspeaker prayers before football games at Hamilton County Schools were banned this week after a national organization admonished Hamilton County Schools administrators to ban the practice when some Soddy-Daisy students complained.

On Tuesday, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Jim Scales banned the prayers in an e-mail, citing U.S. Supreme Court rulings that such prayers are unconstitutional.

Bimbo McCawley, a Rhea County School Board member, said the prayer was a way to show Scales they understood his between-a-rock-and-hard-place position.

“We live in the buckle of the Bible belt,” McCawley said. “People in the community adhere to the beliefs. We did this out of respect for Dr. Scales because we realize he had no choice.”

Danielle Clark, spokeswoman for Hamilton County Schools, could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Facebook groups erupted with thousands of members who were against the ban.

Fans were encouraged to join in the pregame prayer, which left both stands empty except for about 100 or so people who remained behind.

Football players took the field hand-in-hand, but it was unclear who was leading the prayer as students wanted to avoid the loudspeaker situation that has been so hotly contested in recent days.

“I take pride in my community, and I take pride in the students,” McCawley said. “This is a student-led activity.”

Only those who were on the field know exactly what was prayed for, but onlookers said it was simply a prayer between teams followed by a mass “amen.”

Players from Calhoun High School also kneeled to pray at the start of their game Friday against Dade County High School in Trenton, Ga.

Sports writer Gene Henley contributed to this story.


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4 responses

25 10 2010
DCG

Amen!!

26 10 2010
K. Williams

No matter how liberals attack our religion. We shall over come. They keep forgetting we faced lions, crucifiction and death before. What makes them think they can stop us now🙂

27 10 2010
ww thumper

I hope obama and his commie friends learn early next year that America is Really not a “dictatorship’ and that HE (BS O) is NOT our Dictator! WE the PEOPLE WILL PRAY Anywhere and Anytime WE the PEOPLE happen to choose to. I am praying that the House and the Senate will have the good sense to IMPEACH this Stoopid president and his Stoopid VP too!! AND FIRE ALL his Commie Stooge CZAR’s too. Clean House in OUR White House!
GOD bless the USA and REAL Americans from coast to coast, border to border….all others…go back to where you came from , you don’t belong Here! WW

27 10 2010
giovanniworld

Thumper,

Well said.

Gio-

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