A Georgia pastor is no longer allowed to lead a public high school football team in prayer after a video of one of his prayers was seen by thousands online.
Dawson County Schools has responded to a complaint from one of the nation's largest atheist legal groups by barring Pastor Russell Davis from leading the Dawson County High School football team in prayer.
The decision comes as a video of Davis praying with the Falcons players and coaches was posted to Facebook on Sept. 7 and has been seen over 73,000 times as of Thursday afternoon. In the video, Davis prayed for the players to be able to "unite people together" and to know that God has purpose in their lives.
"The Word says when they came out they compelled Him to carry the cross, and then Jesus went to the hill and He won victory on the cross," Davis says in the video. "Your goal tonight is not to die on the cross. It is not to die on the field of battle. We're calling you out tonight to carry their cross."
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, sent a letter to the school district's attorney on behalf of a concerned resident about two weeks after the Sept. 7 post.
FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line argued that Davis' prayer with the team was unconstitutional and violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In response, Line received a letter on Monday from school district attorney Philip Hartley. Continue Reading >>>>