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Delaware High School Football Coaches Banned from Praying with Students after Atheist Complaint

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Oct 28
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Football coaches at Cape Henlopen High School in Delaware will no longer be permitted to pray with student athletes after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). 


Christian Today reports that the atheist organization wrote a letter to the school district superintendent after a photo was published in the local newspaper that showed head coach Bill Collick praying with the team. 


He's got his hands on players and he's bowing his head and he's participating in a prayer circle with students," said FFRF attorney Elizabeth Cavell. 


"Our objection to that is it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which has been interpreted to say that public school districts and their employees cannot advance or endorse religion while acting in their official capacity."


After the district received the letter, it informed coaches that they could not participate in the prayers. 


Cape Henlopen’s latest football game was Oct. 24. After the game, students prayed in a group as usual, but coaches did not participate.



Publication date: October 28, 2014