On Tuesday, it was reported that the American Humanist Association (AHA), an atheist group, was going after football coaches at Chestatee High School in Gainesville, Georgia because they quoted Scripture from the Bible on team documents and banners, while also leading their team in prayer. The atheists said it was unconstitutional, which is a complete and utter falsehood. Well the town was not going to take it sitting down and yesterday it’s being reported that the town is telling the kids to stop bullying their kids.
“There’s really no defense for doing this,” AHA attorney Monica Miller told FoxNews.com on Tuesday. “It’s not even solely student prayer — it’s teachers and coaches praying with students. And we have reason to believe it’s not an isolated event.”
Miller’s organization sent a letter threatening a lawsuit against Hall County Schools, claiming that an unnamed “concerned citizen” had contacted them.
The letter specifically focused on Head Coach Stan Luttrell.
“At times, the head coach has led the prayers, which is an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause,” the letter read. “This involvement in prayer as a ‘participant, an organizer, and a leader’ would unquestionably ‘lead a reasonable observer to conclude that he was endorsing religion.'”
“Unfortunately, the school’s actions in unconstitutionally advancing and endorsing religion do not end with the prayers,” read the letter.
The problem with appeals by the AHA to the First Amendment is the fact that the First Amendment starts with “Congress shall make no law.” Yet, these arrogant people are claiming that a law has been violated when there is no law to be enforced. Therefore, the neither the coaches nor the students were doing anything unlawful by quoting Scripture, writing Bible verses or praying.
Notice these God haters weren’t adamant about secular humanism, which is a religion, being taught in public schools. Nope, they are just fine with that as long as the Creator is not welcome in the education process.
On Wednesday, the people of Gainesville demonstrated that they were not going to take out of town atheists telling their coaches and kids what they can and cannot do.
John Starnes wrote:
More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Wednesday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field.
As we say in the Deep South, local residents are preparing to back up and bring it.
“If the atheist group doesn’t like the prayer, tell them to stick their fingers in their ears,” said one caller to radio station WDUN.
Parents of football players also sounded off – lighting up the telephone lines at the popular news radio station.
“I am a mom of two of the football players on the CHS football team and I consider it an honor and a privilege to have my boys on a team that is led by men that believe and trust in God,” one caller said. “I think it’s a shame for one person to try and take that away from them.”
While the atheists are mad that the coaches are promoting Christianity, again they are free to do so. In fact, if they are Christians themselves, they are commanded to do so (Matthew 28:19-20).
Representative Doug Collins of the ninth district in Georgia issued a statement:
“The liberal atheist interest groups trying to bully Chestatee High School kids say they have reason to believe that expressions of religious freedom are ‘not an isolated event’ in Northeast Georgia. They’re right. In Hall County and throughout Georgia’s 9th district, we understand and respect the Constitution and cherish our right to worship in our own way.”
That is exactly right! However, Collins has a bit more to say:
“This morning, while Chestatee students gathered on their football field to support their school leadership and exercise their rights, unspeakable human rights atrocities continued to happen across the world in places that have no regard at all for religious freedom. It’s utterly disgusting that while innocent lives are being lost in Iraq and other places at the hands of radical religious terrorists, a bunch of Washington lawyers are finding the time to pick on kids in Northeast Georgia. I want the football players and all the students at CHS to know I support you, I’m here for you, and yes, I’m praying for you.”
Amen! Georgia’s ninth district should be thankful to God for such a man to stand with them and their kids. I certainly will keep Collins in my prayers, thanking God for him and praying that he continue to be bold about this matter.
Can you imagine how the atheists are going to complain about him? After all, he’s not in Georgia. He’s in Washington. But have no fear, there are wonderful Christian people who will support and defend the congressman, just as he has the people there in Georgia. Among them are the great people at Liberty Counsel. Matt Staver and his team are poised to help all Christians who are lawfully executing the Great Commission here in America.
This comes on the heels of League City, Texas standing up to another atheist organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation, that was seeking to intimidate people to keep them from praying at government meetings.
Americans, Christianity is under attack from atheists, Islamists, socialists and communists in our own country. Some of them even occupy our state houses, the federal congress and even the White House. But the word from the Lord Jesus is not to fear, but to be of good courage, expose the evil in the land and then point men to the law of God and give them the command to repent and all will be well.
There is victory for those willing to fight for it.
I want to give one final word to the atheists who support these bullying tactics against God’s people. Why are you so rabid about fighting against a person you claim doesn’t exist? I’ll tell you why. The apostle Paul described you as those who think you are wise, but you’re really fools.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,… -Romans 1:18-22
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