I am deeply saddened by Hall County’s decision to settle the case with the American Humanist Association about prayer and Christianity in athletic programs. What happened to our First Amendment rights? When atheists (the Humanist Association that sued Hall County) can come in and tell us that we are violating their rights by praying? What about our right to prayer? They’ve came in and violated our rights!
Our country was founded on the right of freedom of religion. It’s in the Declaration of Independence. I’m sorry, but I’m tired of all this “political correctness” because all it is doing is taking away our freedoms that we were given when this country was founded.
Those young athletes were not violating anybody’s rights; they were all there by choice and choose to pray. The coach did not force anybody to pray, either. Prayer is a freedom of choice and should not be penalized. These women are not even from here but yet they chose to get involved in something that had nothing to do with them.
I would like to know the names of these women. If they think they are so high and mighty and can go all over the country telling us what we can and can not do, then the least they can do is tell us who they are.
Now this same group from Washington, D.C., has set its sights on West Laurens High School in Lauren County where they pray before every football game. This is sad because they all pray freely and they pray for the safety for both teams’ players.
When is this going to stop? Some outsider group from another part of the country coming into our state telling us when and where we can and cannot pray?
Beverly J. Militello