defyFor many on the Oneida High School cheerleading squad, faith has always gone hand and hand with Friday night football. “We need prayer for so many reasons especially in our community now and the troubles we face every day,” said junior Kayla King. The Oneida Special School district has decided to do away with prayer before athletic events in an effort to avoid national legal action. The district, like dozens of others in the state of Tennessee, has received pressure from organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation to end prayer at public schools. Oneida’s director of school’s Ann Sexton says they received a letter last fall from the ACLU reminding them it is unconstitutional to hold school sanctioned prayer at football games.  “We were advised to stop the practice,” Sexton said. Instead, they instated a moment of silence before games. But that didn’t sit well with many students and community members in Oneida. More