"You may have stopped our coach from praying, but you can't stop us."
This was the implicit message relayed by the members of a high school football team in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. to an atheist group, The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The defiant response came after the FFRF succeeded in stopping Dunmore High School football coach Jack Henzes from leading his team in prayer at the 50-yard-line, temporarily stopping a nearly five-decade-old prayer tradition, according to Faith Wire.
Henzes had reportedly been leading the team in prayer before kick-off each game for the past 45 years before the FFRF filed a complaint over the practice, WBRE-TV reported.
The atheist activist group claimed that what the coach was doing was unconstitutional since his prayer was allegedly an endorsement of religion, an act banned in the U.S. Constitution.
Nevertheless, Dunmore School District acceded to the FFRF complaint, which was made in June, and stopped Henzes from leading his team in prayer.
But this did not stop Henzes' players from praying on the field before a game, even without their coach, knowing that student-led prayer is allowed in public schools.
The players said they will carry on their school's prayer tradition, despite their coaches' absence.
U.S. Football Coach Stopped by Atheists from Praying With Team, But Players Keep Tradition Going | Christian News on Christian Today
This is a good solution to this issue. If the coach has to stop praying the players can continue on their own and the FFRF can do nothing about it. Good for these players. The FFRF will have to hunt for another coach trying to teach his players good life lessons to stop. They learned to honor God and they have an undefeated season.