By Hemant Mehta
It’s happening this time at Reeltown High School in Notasulga, Alabama. Last month, students participated in a baptism (which would have been fine on its own) on school property (!) with staffers (!!) and the coach of the football team (!!!) right there.
“Courts have consistently held that it is illegal for a public school to organize, sponsor, or lead religious activity at public high school athletic events, such as football practice,” FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line writes to Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joseph C. Windle. “In Lee v. Weisman (1992), the Supreme Court extended the prohibition of school-sponsored religious activities beyond the classroom to all school functions, holding prayers at public high school graduations an impermissible establishment of religion. As school-sponsored activities, football team events cannot include any endorsement of religion or religious rituals.”
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