This IN High School Doesn’t Get Why Football Coaches Can’t Pray with Athletes

Nov 29, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

You’ve heard this script before: Football coach prays with students. Someone in the community notices and alerts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF sends a letter to the school district letting them know that’s illegal. District promises to put a stop to it.

In the case of Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana however, District officials don’t even seem to understand the problem.

Football coach Andy Hape joined his team in prayer after an October game and a photographer captured the moment for a local newspaper. FFRF asked the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. to look into the issue.

The response?

EVSC spokesman Jason Woebkenberg confirmed the district received the letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

EVSC attorneys are reviewing the letter, Woebkenberg said.

“Please know student-led prayer is acceptable at any of our schools, and we stand by those who stand with our students during student-led prayer,” he said in an email Tuesday morning.

What the hell sort of response is that? Literally zero people are arguing about student-led prayer. The only issue here is coaches participating in those prayers.

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