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Florida Bill Would Let Christians Pray Over the Loudspeaker at Athletic Events

Mar 13, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Republicans in the Florida legislature are attempting to pass a bill that would force the state’s athletic association to permit Christian prayers over the loudspeakers during football games.

It’s an unconstitutional bill right from the start, but they’re trying to appease the Christian Right, laws be damned.

All of this stems from a 2015 controversy. That December, two private Christian schools made it all the way to the championship game in the state’s class 2A football playoffs. Before the game, one of the school administrators wanted to say prayers over the public address system. But the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), which oversees all games, correctly said no. This was a state-run event. It was televised. It was at a public facility. It would be illegal for Christians to hijack the loudspeaker system for religious purposes.

Obviously no one was stopping the Christian players and coaches from praying on their own, but conservative Christians don’t believe prayer counts unless they force it upon everyone else.

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5 comments on “Florida Bill Would Let Christians Pray Over the Loudspeaker at Athletic Events

  • Matthew 6:5-7
    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    7“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    I’m just sayin…

  • Excellent rebuttal.  I also like Milton, Paradise Lost, Book2

    After they are thrown out of Heaven, the fallen angels are debating what to do, since Hell is not comfortable.  Someone suggests crawling back to the Almighty and asking to be let back in.  Satan’s mate, Mammon replies:

    Suppose he should relent
    And publish Grace to all, on promise made
    Of new Subjection; with what eyes could we
    Stand in his presence humble, and receive[ 240 ]
    Strict Laws impos’d, to celebrate his Throne
    With warbl’d Hymns, and to his Godhead sing
    Forc’t Halleluiah’s; while he Lordly sits
    Our envied Sovran, and his Altar breathes
    Ambrosial Odours and Ambrosial Flowers,[ 245 ]
    servile offerings. This must be our task
    In Heav’n, this our delight; how wearisom
    Eternity so spent in worship paid
    To whom we hate

    But that doesn’t worry the Faithful, like their Master they take delight in the “splendid vassalage” of their opponents.

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  • I’ll tell ye Mods – youse have to watch these Christians – they pretend to be one of us, then they start showing the bible down yer throath.  Ye’ve bin warned.

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