Prayer at high school sports games could become legislative issue
State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, says he might wade into the controversial issue of prayer at high school athletic events during this legislative session.
Brandes' interest in the topic stems from an incident in December when the Florida High School Athletic Association wouldn't allow two Christian schools -- Tampa's Cambridge Christian School and Jacksonville's University Christian School -- to broadcast a prayer over the public-announcement system before kickoff of the District 2-A Championship football game.
"We use the PA system here all of the time to pray in the Legislature," Brandes told the Herald/Times. "I’ve been at many events, political events or other events where people have offered a prayer or blessing or some other type of inspirational statement."
"I think if you have two Christian schools that are consenting, that using the PA system is not a major issue and that the state should stay out of it," he added.