Oklahoma School Bans Pastor From Leading Team Prayer After Atheist Group Complains

Samuel Smith – March 6, 2018
An Oklahoma school district has banned a local Baptist pastor from praying with a high school football team following a complaint filed by a leading atheist legal group.

Putnam City Schools will no longer allow the Rev. Mike Keahbone of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church to lead the Putnam City High football team in prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has announced in a news release.

Over the past two years, Keahbone has become one of the most prominent and visual supporters of the Putnam City Pirates football team as he has led an initiative to get his church community more involved to support players whose parents aren’t able to go to the games themselves.

Not only was the 45-year-old Keahbone designated to serve as the team’s chaplain, he has also led the team in prayer before the start of games in the team’s locker room.