(via KARK) — A long standing tradition forced to come to an end. The Dover school district recently got a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation saying the way they pray before football is illegal.
The Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional at public school sporting events to lead people in prayer over the public address system. They say that it “could lead an objective observer to perceive it as a state endorsement of religion.”
Many in the community are not happy about it.
Last Friday’s game was the first for the school without publicly lead prayer. On Thursday they tried something new, with a moment of silence.
“During that moment of silence, we’re going to be praying for those students,” says Brent Drake, a parent. The crowd did exactly that by joining each other to say the Lord’s prayer.
The district understands the law and says they will comply.
“It’s a touchy subject and I just want something positive to come out of it for our school district and our community,” says Dover Athletic Director, Jason McGhee.