Home Living Today Culture Atheists target HS football coach seeming to pray with players—but district apparently isn’t caving By Dave Urbanski

Atheists target HS football coach seeming to pray with players—but district apparently isn’t caving By Dave Urbanski

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The atheist activist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, wants an Indiana school district to investigate a high school football coach who appeared to pray with his players — but the school district doesn’t appear to be caving to the group’s demands.

Reitz High School coach Andy Hape was photographed last month by local newspaper the Courier & Press with his head bowed and eyes closed as players at the Evansville school gathered around him with some placing their hands on his shoulders, the Courier & Press reported.

The caption read, “Reitz Head Coach Andy Hape prays with his team after their 49-46 win over the Mater Dei Wildcats.”

What else did the Freedom From Religion Foundation say?

  • The FFRF said Hape’s behavior was a “serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment,” the paper reported, adding that the atheist group sent a letter to the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. last week saying it’s “illegal for public school athletic coaches to lead their teams in prayer, participate in student prayers, or to otherwise promote religion to students.”

How did the school district respond?

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