‘Civil War’: Ohio School District Bans Prayer Before Sporting Events

Talia Wise – February 10, 2018

Tensions are running high at several schools in Cleveland, Ohio after the district banned prayer before athletic events last month. Students and parents on both sides of the issue are speaking up.

It all began, when West Branch School District stopped the long-standing tradition of prayer after receiving a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

The letter claims that a prayer was made over the loudspeaker before a high school basketball game, which FFRF says is unconstitutional.

“It was reported that all in attendance were asked to remain standing for this prayer and that the prayer was Christian in nature,” the letter reads.

Superintendent Tim Saxton sent a letter to parents stating schools would stop praying until the district could get in contact with its lawyer, but a large part of the community is pushing for prayer to return quickly.

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