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Letter Claims Illegal Religious Practices at Georgia High School

Letter Claims Illegal Religious Practices at Georgia High School

In Gainesville, GA, a letter has been sent by a humanist group claiming that there have been illegal religious practices at Chestatee High School.

According to the Gainesville Times, football coaches at the school have "regularly led or participated in prayer with students" and included Bible verse references on official team documents and workout sheets.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center alleges that these practices violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment, and cites the Lemon v. Kurtzman ruling, which prohibits "excessive entanglement of church and state as well as the advancement or inhibition of religion."

"Certainly adults shouldn’t be leading children in prayers to any particular religion, but one thing we will stand behind is our students’ right to prayer,” said Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield, who was out of town Tuesday and had not yet seen the letter.

Included with the letter are three photographs that show the team and coach standing in a circle while holding hands in apparent prayer, with banners reading "Iron Sharpens Iron" and "Proverbs 27:17."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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