Cheerleaders bring banned prayer back to HS football games in powerful way

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Like many schools across America, a Tennessee high school found itself a target of the secular left for allowing prayer before football games and was eventually forced to replace the tradition with a moment of silence.

But the school’s cheerleaders weren’t about to let that be the last word.

It began when Oneida High School received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union about the pre-game prayers, bringing an end to a tradition that began over 80 years ago, according to the local NBC affiliate WBIR.

“Far as I know we’ve been playing football here since 1930 and been praying ever since,” booth announcer Kevin Acres told WBIR.

The absence of prayer left an empty feeling for many.

“I heard the moment of silence, but it was kind of a sick feeling in my stomach,” head football coach Tony Lambert told WBIR.

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So, during a recent game, Acres told those present that it would be “perfectly fine” if they wanted to say a prayer during the moment of silence.

That’s when the cheerleading squad, led by Asia Canada, took matters into their own hands.

“He called for the moment of silence and I started off, ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ and everyone joined in,” Canada said.

And she meant everyone.

“When they started saying it, the crowd started saying the Lord’s prayer. And by the time the prayer was over with, the entire stadium was saying it,” Acres said.

Atheist organizations, such as the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, and their secular progressive allies claim that prayer led by school officials, or adults representing the school, is unconstitutional, but courts have ruled that student-led prayers are acceptable.

And the practice is quickly becoming a new tradition.

Those out to restrict the practice of religion in America by perverting the U.S. Constitution don’t seem to understand that a country founded by people who crossed an ocean 400 years ago and braved a great unknown wilderness in pursuit of freedom of religion is going to find a way to celebrate God.


Tom Tillison


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