Parents tired of ‘perpetually offended’ atheists; ‘We live in a country where we’re free’

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Now the Freedom From Religion Foundation has a problem with high school football players taking a moment to wish the best for an injured teammate.

The “perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin,” as Fox News’ Todd Starnes described the organization on Thursday, were outraged when high school football players dropped to one knee and said a prayer for an injured teammate being treated on the field.

The group’s attorney sent a letter accusing Florida’s Seminole County Public Schools of improprieties by allowing an adult to lead the prayer, according to Fox News.

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It makes you wonder when the group will wear out its welcome with the American people, especially in a country founded on freedom of religion, with 83 percent of 317 million U.S. citizens identifying themselves as Christians.

“It is our information and understanding that Seminole High School [is] allowing an adult, a local pastor, to act as a ‘volunteer chaplain’ for the football team,” attorney Andrew Seidel wrote the district, which denied the claim.

“There is nothing to cease and desist because our behavior was within the guidelines in the first place,” district spokesman Mike Blasewitz told the local ABC affiliate WFTV. “No adults in the photo, no adults participating, no adults leading it.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation earlier this month successfully bullied neighboring Orange County Public Schools into banning local clergy from serving as volunteer chaplains for football teams.

“Having a team chaplain is not permitted as it is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion in the same manner as a school employee participating in prayer with students,” school district general counsel Woody Rodriquez said, according to a copy of a memorandum sent to Orange County schools.

The atheist intimidators do seem to be well on their way to wearing out their welcome.

“There are a lot more important issues going on in the world than worrying about kids praying at a game,” one parent told WKMG. “We live in a country where we’re free to do what we want to do.”

The CBS affiliate also reported that a Facebook page was set up to invite more than 2,000 Orange County residents to a football game Friday at Apopka High School — the atheist group’s original target — and join the team in prayer.

Fortunately, at least the group is allowing student-led prayers in America.


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