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FHSAA 'legal and wise' on prayer issue, religious freedoms organization says

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A Wisconsin-based religious rights group has urged the FHSAA to stick to its guns as it faces a possible lawsuit over its refusal to allow Cambridge Christian School to pray over the stadium loudspeakers before a recent state football championship game.

Calling the FHSAA's move "legal and wise," the Freedom From Religion Foundation praised the organization for protecting against giving special treatment to one religion.

The group's staff attorney takes particular issue with the position of the Liberty Institute, which has intervened on Cambridge Christian's behalf:

"As Liberty Institute has shown repeatedly in its letter, prayers are private religious speech. This argument is self-defeating. The government has no obligation to amplify private prayers, but it does have an obligation to ensure government power is not used to promote private religious views. In short, FHSAA is acting as the Constitution requires. FHSAA's current policy protects the rights of conscience of all student athletes participating in FHSAA-sponsored events. We appreciate the FHSAA's commitment to the Establishment Clause and encourage FHSAA to ignore the threats of religious zealots."

Read the Freedom From Religion Foundation letter to the FHSAA for its full view. 

[Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2016 11:10am]

    

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