Several students and attendees wore “Prayer Matters” t-shirts and held a moment of silence at an Ohio high school basketball match in response to a complaint by the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation, which halted a decades long tradition of praying before athletic events.
More than 100 people in attendance at the Friday evening West Branch High School varsity basketball game in Beloit, Ohio sported “Prayer Matters” shirts, according to The Vindicator, which added that the attendees were asked to have a moment of silence for reflection, prayer or meditation following the National Anthem.
The district halted prayer before sports events after the Wisconsin-based group FFRF sent a complaint letter on Jan. 18, claiming the practice is unconstitutional.
“It is illegal for a public school to sponsor religious messages at school athletic events,” FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert wrote to West Branch Local School District Superintendent Timothy Saxton. “The Supreme Court has continually struck down school-sponsored prayer in public schools. Moreover, the Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events.”
The school had a tradition of a local pastor saying a prayer before football and basketball games for more than three decades, according to WKBN.com.
Pastor Mark Reich, of Beloit Evangelical Friends Church, was quoted as saying that prayer was always for “protection, good, their best efforts and for everyone to go home saying, ‘I did my best.'”
The community wants the tradition to continue, according to reports.
Paige Derry, 14, was quoted as saying, “I believe we are allowed to express ourselves and it’s our freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. I want the praying to continue.”
“It’s disheartening when this type of thing comes in from outside,” Reich said. “Because it is a well-loved tradition. The faith foundation in this community, it runs deep.”
“We are looking for an option that gives us an ability to do that. It’s that compromise that we’re working on,” Saxton was quoted as saying.
Earlier this year, Georgia Sen. Michael Williams introduced legislation, titled the “Coach Small Religious Protection Act,” that would effectively allow high school football coaches and other public school officials in the state who want to participate in a student-led and initiated prayer to do so.
The bill would take effect in the 2018-2019 school year and would amend state law relating to elementary and secondary education to provide “freedom of religious expression by faculty and employees of public schools while fulfilling the duties of their jobs.”
Did you know that Zondervan publishers (who publish the New international Version of the Bible) is owned by Harper Collins? Harper Collins also publishes The Joy of Gay Sex and The Satanic Bible. Tragically, many professed Christians know this yet continue to use their corrupted NIV bible. Oh how apostate America has become when even it’s professed Christians are using corrupted Bibles that blasphemy and dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is absolute blasphemy what the NIV translators did to Philippians 2:6…
King James Bible: “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
New International Version: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,”
Verse 5 makes it clear that this Scripture is speaking about Jesus Christ, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” The NIV butchers have gone 180 degrees the opposite direction of the truth by saying that Jesus couldn’t grasp equality with God. The Bible teaches that Jesus is not only equal with God, but Jesus is Almighty God. In fact, Jesus self-proclaimed Himself as Almighty God in Revelation 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.“
Jesus said that a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. There is NO WAY that the Satanic bible can live in harmony with God’s Word. There is NO WAY that God would preserve His word (as He promised in Psalm 12:6-8) through a company which also sells a book on how to have enjoyable gay sex. It’s sickening in the name of decency. Yet, foolish immature believers promote and continue to use the perverted NIV.
If you are using a NIV, you need to toss it into your garbage pail and beg God to forgive you for using a Satan-inspired counterfeit bible.