But that's exactly what FFRF is attempting to do - eradicate Christianity in the public marketplace of ideas.
"Faith, family, football - have always gone together," he said. "Here's an organization like this coming in and trying to tear that out."
Pastor Schmidt said it's time to do something. "We're not going to give up," he said. "We're not going to give up on the team."
I'm glad Pastor Schmidt hasn't given up because the school district, in an incredible act of cowardice, did give up. All it took was a threatening letter from the Freedom From Religious Foundation and the school leaders capitulated.
For the record, the chaplains were volunteers. Their prayers were voluntary. But thanks to Orange County Public Schools - the football players don't have a prayer.
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