DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — A Michigan high school football team has been banned from holding student-led prayer at football post-game proceedings following pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.
According to the Michigan local newspaper report, a Bloomfield Hills high school has banned student-led prayer at football post-game proceedings after complaints from a family concerned about the practice.
In a letter to Bloomfield Hills Schools officials dated Feb. 26, representatives from the Oakland County branch of the ACLU addressed the complaint. The letter cited a violation of the Establishment Clause and Religious Freedom Clause of the First Amendment, adding that such faculty or student-led prayer events could alienate or ostracize those who do not share the same beliefs.
Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Robert Glass said the matter was resolved without issue in March.
The ban on prayer in the Michigan school has Decatur head football coach Jere Adcock speaking out.
“This is what our kids expect and what we want to honor our creator through this,”
Adcock told WHNT News 19. “That is the program I want to be a part of and if it gets to be where that is not the deal then I will find somewhere else to be,” he added.
The Michigan school football team players lead the prayer and, despite the coach not being involved, the prayers were still not allowed. That is something Adcock says is concerning.
“We tell our kids at the beginning of the season how we run things and if they don’t want to be a part of the prayer time they do not have to,” Adcock said.
Get in on the Twitter discussion about this story using #FootballPrayer