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Not voluntary

A recent Supreme Court decision found that the coach of a high school football team was within his rights to kneel and pray on the 50-yard line after a game. One reason given by the court was that his praying was a personal choice and participation by team members was voluntary.

Well, anyone who has played high school sports knows how influential a coach can be. The parents of high school athletes also understand this.

So, when a coach takes an action that is as public as kneeling and praying on the 50-yard line after a game, team members will feel great pressure to join the coach in the middle of the field.

Even team members for whom praying has no particular significance, or whose faith is different than that of the coach, will feel significant pressure to join the coach just to be part of the team.

The coach in question knew this. That is why, in my opinion, the claim that participation in the coach’s after game prayer was voluntary is ridiculous.

DAVID BROSS

Cogan Station

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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