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A Mississippi Teacher Told Students He Hoped They Would All “Find Jesus Someday”

Oct 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

The American Humanist Association says a Mississippi teacher and football coach at Bay High School has repeatedly violated the Constitution by pushing his Christian faith on students and athletes.

In a letter sent to the school’s principal and district superintendent, the AHA documented instances of Eric Collins proselytizing to kids. He told kids in his class he hoped they would all “find Jesus someday.” In a personal accounting class, he asked a child what “God intended them to do with their money.” He said the Big Bang was a hoax because “God created life.”

On the football field, he’s even worse.

Mr. Collins organizes weekly team breakfasts and meetings for players at a local church called the “Power House of Deliverance” every Friday morning… Mr. Collins sent letters home with players that include scripture. The example which we were provided is dated July 2, 2019, and reads: “The scripture says in Galatians 6:9, ‘Let us not become weary in working hard, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!’”… Both Mr. Collins and other athletic coaches reportedly participate in prayers with players before games.

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One comment on “A Mississippi Teacher Told Students He Hoped They Would All “Find Jesus Someday””

  • I am 62 years old.  I was persecuted throughout my schooling because I questioned the religious rantings of those around me.  I did not even identify as an atheist at the time, I just objected to irrational statements that were clearly in opposition to each other.  I had teachers trying to force me to pray in school long after the Supreme Court had stated that it was illegal to do so.  Worse yet, my son was also subjected to religious persecution in school into the 90s and beyond.  At one of his schools, they started the day off with a prayer broadcast over the intercom.  The school “counselor” had no training in counseling, and used to tell kids things like “tears are god’s way of telling you you have sinned”.  In high school a “counselor” told the students that they had to remain virgins until marriage and if they didn’t, they had to tell their boy/girlfriend the names of anyone they had ever had sex with even if it was well before their current relationship.  THAT’s a great way to get people killed.  Yes.  Let’s feed jealousy and encourage revenge.  His baseball coach in 6th grade ALSO insisted on starting practice sessions and games with a prayer.  At one point my son was so depressed over the persecution he was facing at school that I felt I had to go in and negotiate some kind of religious cease-fire.  As soon as I raised the issue – and I raised it in the framework of “It is natural for kids to talk about their religion because it is part of their daily lives, how can we help them to understand the need to accommodate my son’s different belief system” – the principal started threatening me with calls to children’s services and mandatory psychiatric care AND MEDICATION for my son because he was allegedly “suicidally depressed” – which if it were the case, then the meeting with the principal should not have been instigated by ME.  When I questioned her about the wisdom of leaving my then 10 year old son in charge of 30 kindergartners during the after school program he was supposed to be enrolled in if he were, in fact, suicidal (a situation, I might add, that I actually found out about FROM THE PRINCIPAL during the course of the meeting), she got even more belligerent.  They were using my son as free labor instead of allowing him to participate in the after school activities I was PAYING for, which was, it turned out, a huge contributor to the pressure my son was feeling at school precisely because he WAS so responsible and reliable even at the age of 10.  I finally had to threaten her in turn with multiple lawsuits for the many abuses they were submitting my son to.  I was told I was a bad mother for having home schooled him (while in a foreign country where he did not speak the language, and that only AFTER I had enrolled him in a “bilingual” school that was not, in fact, bilingual), and for not bringing him up in a “proper” xtian home.  He was regularly subjected to threats of divine retribution because he played Magic the card game, had read the Wizard of Oz, because he “believed” in evolution, and was repeatedly and regularly told that his father would go to hell for being a pagan, I would go to hell for being a heathen, heck, he was told more than once that even his DOGS would go to hell because we were not xtians.

    I am saddened but not surprised that this nonsense still goes on in schools. Report abuse

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