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Hillbilly49
If God is your Co-Pilot; let him land the plane.
09:55 AM on 07/05/2013
Anyone can pray anytime they want in America.  What they cannot do is have group ritual prayers at public school activities on public school property.
10:41 AM on 07/05/2013
If the students are the ones doing it, why not?
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Hillbilly49
If God is your Co-Pilot; let him land the plane.
11:53 AM on 07/05/2013
If the moon were made of green cheese why don't we eat it?
12:28 PM on 07/05/2013
I'll admit Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000) is on your side, but I would argue that as long as the coach or other symbol of school authority isn't present, the students can pray wherever and as frequently as they like. No Constitutional clause, law or court decision forbids students to pray on their own initiative (even in Santa Fe v. Doe, the objection wasn't that the prayer existed, but that the prayer became mandatory after the students voted), and there is certainly no instance of the word "ritual" attached to any part of the decision.
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Jack Hutchinson
09:28 AM on 07/05/2013
Well good. Christians showing off like this makes me sick. I came to watch the game, not you showing the crowd how goodie goodie you are. And you're not goodie goodie anyway.
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nana1935
12:46 PM on 07/06/2013
Just how do you know. It is people like you that put our youth down that makes them feel like they are not as good as they really are. so just stop it.
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Parade Keegan
I Can Hear You
02:06 PM on 07/06/2013
Follow your bible! No public praying! http://bible.cc/matthew/6-5.htm
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Yorksgal
The Golden Rule Rules
11:19 PM on 07/04/2013
I find it ludicrous that people feel the need to pray publicly before a sports game. Once again this isn't about faith, but the "show of faith" - if you are truly genuine you will say a prayer to yourself - your God will hear it, especially if it is heartfelt. And really do you expect God to take time out of her schedule to cheer on your team and keep everyone safe - she has her hands full with a couple of wars going on.
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nana1935
12:49 PM on 07/06/2013
My Bible tells me Mary had a Son , and that that My Father and I are one .
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Parade Keegan
I Can Hear You
02:08 PM on 07/06/2013
Your bible also says no public praying.
http://bible.cc/matthew/6-5.htm
fredgladys
Your Micro-bio is empty, I know, stop nagging.
09:41 PM on 07/04/2013
"However, commentators on Fox News criticized the school district for banning the practice."

Well, color me surprised.
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07:33 PM on 07/04/2013
Yes! Please no prayers- an annoying distraction.
04:29 PM on 07/04/2013
christians are shameIess... they continue to I!e..they feel Iying for Jesus is ok just likie they always felt KiIIing for jesus was ok the last 2000 years
04:29 PM on 07/04/2013
Jesus resides among bIack hearts out of fear of dam_nati0n. Is this a way to live? Like c0wards?
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03:55 PM on 07/04/2013
yep we would all like to see these young aspiring NFL and NBA jocks practice their realistic chest bumps, fist bumps, dance routines and assorted look at me moves than saying a team prayer.
06:26 PM on 07/04/2013
How about not watch them at all.
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09:28 PM on 07/04/2013
Have not watched an NBA game in years. Do enjoy watching high school and college womens basketball. They still run an offense and play defense. NFL I do watch but have become much more selective in the games.
02:35 PM on 07/04/2013
Lets make this the rule of the land.
It's funny to me that most of the prayers in the sports I played in my youth were centered around keeping everyone safe and free from injury.
Needless to say it usually did not work out very well.
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Dennis Lurvey
Happy Atheist
01:01 PM on 07/04/2013
there is a test the supreme ct uses called the "coercion test" that is used to decide these cases, it isnt up to this priest to decide what is coercion.
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Dennis Lurvey
Happy Atheist
01:00 PM on 07/04/2013
The coach speaks for the government, if he prays at the school its the same as the government picking a religion (establishing a religion) which violates not only the 1st amendment but the supreme courts ruling specifically forbids prayer at football games.

The fox christian network always does this, they speak for the lawbreakers but never the law. this so called priest encouraging players to knowingly break the law speaks for itself.
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ttsgw
Atheist and secular humanist
08:56 AM on 07/04/2013
Asking God for assistance is both corruption and cheating.
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SouthernLander
... and the end of all our exploring...
11:36 PM on 07/05/2013
Not to mention futile. If they were to look at the logic - both sides praying to God to win - even supposing an interventionist God existed, what conclusions would the losing side draw from their defeat? We didn't pray hard enough? Someone must have sinned? It wasn't God's will? On the other hand, a moment of silence to centre oneself, focus and feel a sense of connection is very sensible and would offend no-one. If your sense of connection is to the Divine, well and good. If not, equally good. There is no need to make a show if it, either way.
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AntithiChrist
Rhymes with Grist
04:37 AM on 07/04/2013
"“When it comes to discipline, whatever you allow, you encourage,” [Coach] Loria told the Press. “By me being present, I was encouraging it. This happened because of me and I had to wake up.” =====

Well put. How often do you expect to see the adult leader in an establishment clause situation like this, stand up, see the situation clearly, acknowledge how it violates the law, and decide to put a stop to it?

If this fellow's a midwestern, bible-belt Christian, he's clearly some bizarre mutated form.

Hope he still works there next Monday.
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bettyrubble665
04:19 AM on 07/04/2013
When I read the headline I thought maybe the school had banned it because they didn't want to get sued by Tebow for trademark infringement.
01:08 AM on 07/04/2013
Honestly, what greater offense to religion is there than the trivialization of it? Yeah, you faux religious and your shallow grasp of the faith, a faith you so boastfully claim to love...here's the thing: I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with high school football.