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House Speaker Will Weatherford weighs in on high school football prayers



Let them pray together.

That's Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's stance on public high school football coaches and their relationship with their players.

"I feel it's sad for a society like America that, as a culture, we decided in an extracurricular activity it's inappropriate for an adult to lead a prayer voluntarily with students who volunteer to pray with them," Weatherford told the Gradebook.

Last Friday, concerns over football coaches leading students in prayer led Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning to issue a memo reminding prinicipals and staff that such a practice is not allowed. Hernando principals got a similar message via phone call from their district office the same afternoon.

Their reminders came as the Tampa Bay Times prepared a story about gridiron prayer, which appeared later in the weekend.

Weatherford reacted by sending an email to Browning asking "what's the deal?" and stating his plans to see if law can't be changed to allow coaches to pray with their players. It's a thought that hasn't gained much traction in the Legislature before, and might not if Weatherford tries again.

Read about the latest developments here.

[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 6:55pm]


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