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Huckabee Rips 'Freedom From Religion' Group for Interfering With HS Football

Huckabee Rips 'Freedom From Religion' Group for Interfering With HS Football
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By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:53 AM

Mike Huckabee is on the warpath over a push to stop players and coaches from saying prayers during high school football games.

"On Nov. 3, an assistant coach for the Norman (Oklahoma) High School football team was seen praying with about a dozen of his student athletes before the game. Now, he's being investigated," the former Arkansas governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate wrote on his blog.

"Yes, it seems that just about everything is subject to investigation these days. This time the investigation comes at the behest of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has made it its business to complain about this sort of thing.

"They say that this complaint was sparked by a 'concerned parent.' 'Please inform us in writing,' they told administrators at the Norman Public Schools, "of the steps the district is taking to remedy this serious violation of the First Amendment."'

The Wisconsin-based nonprofit says its goal is to "promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church" and charges that the "religious right is campaigning to raid the public till and advance religion at taxpayer expense …"

But Huckabee doesn't buy it.

"You know, when it comes to religion, I seem to recall the First Amendment mentioning something called 'the free exercise thereof.' But the FFRF will have none of it, even posting a 15-second video of the prayer on Facebook," Huckabee wrote.

"It occurs to me that if their Facebook friends truly desire to be free from religion, they might want to exercise caution in following this group online.

"Seeing the video they posted, with its overt expression of religious faith clearly on display, might traumatize them so much that they might be too weak to hold up a protest sign. Although protest signs aren't really their style; courtrooms are."

USA Today, which also posted a video of the team prayer session, said officials from Norman Public Schools are now investigating the complaint.

An Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association policy states while no public address system can be used for a pregame prayer, schools may, "permit a moment of silence prior to the start of all activities, permit persons at the event to reflect, mediate, pray or engage in any other silent activity," the newspaper reports.

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