Fans noticed one difference last Friday night when the East Coweta High School football team in Georgia took off their helmets to pray before the game — no coaches were present. The Coweta County School System has banned the coaches from participating in the traditional pre-game prayer. So in a show of solidarity, the entire team took off their helmets and standing shoulder to shoulder, prayed right next to the bleachers with many parents and students in the stands clasping hands and praying with the team.
Last month, a group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based non-profit, wrote a letter to the Coweta County School System, warning them it was illegal for public school employees to participate with students in prayer. It included a video showing Coach John Small bowing his head in prayer with his team. The video, the group said, was taken by a local concerned citizen. READ MORE