A Georgia high school football coach is reveling in God’s victory this week after an atheist group’s quest to ban him and his coaching staff from praying with players and students has inadvertently led to a much different reaction.
In October, the Freedom From Religion Foundation pursued East Coweta High School’s head football coach, John Small, issuing a ban that prevented him from invoking God, prayer or any form of faith with his players.
FFRF brought forth the ban after a member of the community reportedly filmed Small praying with players and filed a complaint with the organization last month.
“FFRF sent a letter to the Coweta County School System warning that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to further personal religious beliefs by leading their teams in prayer,” the group stated in a press release. “Coach-led prayers, FFRF points out, equate to a government advancement and endorsement of religion—a stark violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.