Way to go! The parents and players of a West Virginia football team defied the order for just a moment of silence before football games…They prayed out loud instead!
PJ Media reported:
Prior to last week’s football game between West Virginia’s Clay County and Braxton County, the teams took a knee together and bowed their heads in prayer. Pregame prayers are not an unusual occurrence in that part of the country, but this time was different. The group prayer came on the heels of a recent ban on prayers over the loudspeaker at games. The new rule was made in response to a single individual who complained about the public display of faith.
“We had a request last year toward the end of football season to check into whether [prayer] was taking place and if so was it allowed?” Clay County Superintendent Joe Paxton told WSAZ.
Citing a Supreme Couty ruling that bans school-sponsored pray in public schools, Paxton said the district decided to order a moment of silence as an alternative.
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“This is a situation that is unfortunately out of our hands. The U.S. Supreme Court is the supreme law of the land,” Paxton said.
In response to the order, both teams rushed out onto the field and knelt together in prayer when the loudspeaker announced the moment of silence at the game on September 1. Some individuals in the stands also joined in the effort.
“As a school and a school system, we are going to abide by the law,” Clay County High School Principal Crystal Gibson told the local TV station. “If anyone wishes to pray, I, by all means, wish that they would. That’s their right to do so,” she said. Not only that, Gibson also added, “I’ll being doing so at the same time.”
“Most of the community, I do believe, supports prayer,” she explained.
Several fans wore shirts that said, “I’m gonna pray anyway.”
Video may be seen at this link: Players and Fans Pray Out Loud