Skip to comments.School Under Fire For Allowing Churches to Feed Football Team
Posted on 08/22/2012 11:46:56 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
A Wisconsin-based group has accused a Georgia high school football coach of violating the First Amendment by allowing local churches to prepare meals for his team.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the superintendent of Walker County Schools demanding an immediate investigation into Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis.
The FFRF is a Wisconsin-based group whose purpose is to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.
They are demanding the school system launch an investigation into allegations that Coach Mariakis allowed local churches to prepare pre-game meals for his football team. They also allege that the coach prayed with his team, used Bible verses in motivational speeches and on team shirts and participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Taking public school football teams to church, even for a meal, is unconstitutional, wrote FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel. This program is an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause and must cease immediately.
Seidel said taking school children to churches and having ministers present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and having the food blessed shatters the protections the First Amendment put in place.
The Walker County School system released a statement acknowledging they have received the letter and are reviewing its contents.
The FFRF said a local individual complained about a longstanding tradition of local churches providing meals to the teenage football players on game day. The complainant said a minister would typically deliver remarks about the Christian religion.
The fact that Mariakis visits several churches instead of one does not mitigate the violation, Seidel wrote.
The Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church is scheduled to provide a meal for the football team in late October.
Richie White, the churchs youth director, said he was quite surprised to hear that an outside group had issues with feeding...
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Sure can’t argue with that.
I am so tired of these people.
The word “egregious” continues to be applied to more and more trivial circumstances.
It’s in one of those penumbras or eminences. You have to be tripping on acid to see it; at least, the word is out that that’s how Justice Douglas found it.
How does that violate the First Amendment?
There should be a contiuous organized prayer vigil on the sidewalk in front of the Freedom From Religion headquarters just to annoy these people, I mean pray for them - ha ha. Give them a taste of their own medicine!
Hey FFRF, get off your mean spirited asses and offer to host
the team for a pre-game meal. I’m sure the players will
enjoy your tofu burgers and organic celery sticks.
They should be listed as a “Hate Group” and noted for their Christianaphobia.
More like the NAMBLA of atheism.
Shhh.... Our local Baptist church holds my daughter’s school’s team annual Volleyball banquet, and serve a delicious meal. They even let my Catholic daughter in and we have several Methodists and a Jew!
I pity them personally. Their every move exposes them as hate mongers, nit-pickers, spoilers, people who seek to shut other people up rather than convince them. They are so fixated on one Human “Right” that they are totally prepared to deny every other. They are silly, immature and impractical. It is quite obvious to anyone with more than five brain cells that they have ulterior motives for all this. They give themselves fine titles and all-encompassing remits, but the group probably consists of four or five self-important trolls far more close-minded and fanatical than the real people they rail against.
I also dont worry abou them. The more of these “complaints” they make the more obvious all these traits become.
There isn't a 'separation' save for the establishment clause. Few people can explain what Madison intended with that clause or Jefferson's letter to the Baptists. Can you?
Daily WTF alert!
to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church
There is no Constitutional principle of seperation. That is a judicial ruling of a modern day court. Nothing in the Constituion seperates Church and State.
(Taking public school football teams to church, even for a meal, is unconstitutional)
That is the one of the stupidist things I have ever heard....
Few people can explain what Madison intended with that clause or Jefferson’s
Well yes actually. The Government can not pick a National Religion and mandate that all citizens adhere to that religion.
You know, what they left England for.......
Having a Christmas tree in a publ;ic square when 85-95 percent of the citizne celebrate “Christmas” for whateber reason is NOT what the founder meant.......
>> Freedom From Religion Foundation
These divisive malcontents care not for the 1st Amendment nor Christianity.
BTW, FFRF, Christianity is not a religion.
Too bad you #ing morons didn’t decide on “Freedom From Faith Foundation”. Would have been a more illustrative representation of your idiotic intolerance.
>> that doesn’t completely get the difference between “freedom OF religion” and “freedom FROM religion.”
And of course there’s the “Climate Change” crowd formerly known as the failing “Global Warming” crowd.
Not the PETA of atheism but the WESTBORO BAPTIST Church of Atheism!
These people have become the WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH of atheism!
They’re SO hung up on symbolism that they can hardly imagine that a growing boy just wants to eat without all the so-called implications.
All they do is send threatening letters to other cities, towns, communities, and institutions, demanding investigations and hinting at expensive litigation. Instead of buckling, these places ought to just stand up and tell FFRF to go pound sand, especially since FFRF has no standing, period, to sue.
Madison’s Freedom From Religion folks messing with churches in other states ping...
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
They need to be sued for depriving others of their civil rights.
No wonder Liberals are crazy as bell tower bats.
It must be terrifying to live in Liberal Bizarro World where inanimate objects come alive, and of their own volition do things to hurt people.
Spoons make people fat (like Rosie 'O').
Guns go berserk and shoot people
SUV's go on terror sprees and run people down
Now we have churches that can prepare meals
Few people can explain what Madison intended with that clause or Jefferson’s letter to the Baptists. Can you?
freedom from government in our religion, not freedom from religion in our government.
There is a wall of separation “BUT” only in one direction, from government to religion. In the other direction there is no impediment at all.
Follow me on this. A Catholic hospital that will receive gov’t money because of Obamacare (or ClaireCare since she helped to pass it)is ‘feeding’(in other words caring for and nursing) a patient. Twisted logic and reasoning from a group like this would think that is unconstitutional. Sadly, this type of group think saturates our governmennt.
This just in: The FFRF has discovered that the team has to drive by several churches and a synagogue, on public, tax supported roads, to get to the games. They want an immediate investigation and an injunction.
These a-holes would fit right in, in the Soviet Union.
Unfortunately, once an interpretation has been made, it opens the door for further "movement" on whatever issue, which again leads to another, and so on, and the end result is this ridiculous situation. The plain words of the constitution are that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" which is clearly an injunction against the setting up of a State sponsored or approved religious structure aka England (and many other nations too as it happens). However, it can (and has) been interpreted to mean that the U.S. government should not prefer one religion over another, and therefore it is wrong for Public squares to have Christmas trees, as that way the State is "preferring" Christianity over other faiths. Of course, the ultimate result of this kind of interpretation is that ALL christian activity will be criminalised. Now as an interpretation this is clearly a stretch. There effectively WERE no non-Christian religions in the US when the Constitution was drafted and the fact that a time would come when there would be was not anticipated, or rather it wasn't exactly at the top of anyones agenda. But, this is an interpretation that suits the new hightly militant atheist movement. And that is the nub of the matter. They don't give a toss about the legal niceties of how society and State relate to each other. They are simply pushing their own agenda (the ultimate destruction of all religion) and this is a convenient tool to use to do that.
In our town the alums erected a five million dollar monument to the football team. It contains facilities for preparing and serving the 5 or 6 pre home game meals.
Note to Ms. Gaylor: you are going to be so surprised when you leave this mortal coil.
Today, He would be sued out of His sandals by the FFRF if He fed a hungry high school football team with 11 pizzas and a case of Pepsi.
We are living in the Theater of the Absurd.
When a church, synagogue, temple or other religious organization provides food for children in a government-run, secular school, is that the government “establishing” a particular religion?
No? Then ST*bleep*U, you insane busybodies!