Christian Legal Group Fights ACLU’s Attempt to End Student Prayer at Public School Football Games

By John Dere On July 31, 2013

In a recent letter sent to a Michigan school district, Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom responded to the ACLU’s accusation that a football coach was leading student prayers.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a “servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family,” claims that the voluntary prayers were led by students and not by Lahser High School’s football coach.

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“There’s no legitimate basis for public school officials to shut down students’ private religious speech,” lawyer Rory Gray said in the letter.

“Students who express their faith before, during or after the school day are exercising their constitutional freedoms. Atheist groups are attempting to browbeat schools into believing otherwise.”

Alliance Defending Freedom’s Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco shared similar sentiments in the letter.

“The Constitution should be the only permission slip students need to exercise their freedom of speech,” Tedesco said.

“We commend the school for not caving to the ACLU’s unwarranted demands but urge them to amend their outdated policies so that this does not happen in the future and students’ religious speech is protected.”