After every NFL game, there’s a huddle in the middle of the field where players from both teams get down on one knee and join for a group prayer. When Tim Tebow plays, he’s often in the forefront of such prayer circles.
Those player-led prayers are no longer allowed after games at Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School in Michigan, according to The Oakland Press. A family complained to the the ACLU, who put a stop to the trend because of a violation of the Establishment Clause and Religious Freedom Clause of the First Amendment.
The school is cooperating with the request.
“Student-led prayer is not to be part of postgame proceedings,” Bloomfield Schools superintendent Robert Glass said.
The football coach, Dan Loria, who knelt with players but did not lead the prayers, is also complying. He said the tradition started 11 years ago when a player requested other players join him in a prayer for his ill brother.
“It kind of just carried on,” Loria said. “It was something that somebody wanted to do every year. I got caught up because of how it originated and I lost sight of it.
“When it comes to discipline, whatever you allow, you encourage,” he said. “By me being present, I was encouraging it. This happened because of me and I had to wake up.”
Andrew Brown got a sunflower seed shower. That’s new.
What a tremendous waste of money.
Ryan Morgan (@Mr_RyMo) July 02, 2013
That’s one way to come off the disabled list.