It’s no secret that liberals both in the government and education system hate the concept of religious liberty with an absolute passion. Especially when students practice Christianity.
A quick Google search will unearth a mountain of stories about kids in all grade levels being punished for reading their Bibles in class or talking to classmates about Jesus. If these little ones were reciting verses from the Koran or praying about waging a Jihad at recess, they’d be hailed as heroes. The hypocrisy is sickening.
Now it seems this anti-Christian attitude is leaking out of the classroom and on to the football field, as a high school athlete was punished for performing a simple expression of faith after a touchdown.
When Fort Myers High school football player Sam Turner reached the end zone Friday night with the first touchdown of his high school career, he took a few seconds to bow down and thank the Lord, but that simple act ended up having a major consequence.
Turner, 16, who briefly bent down on one knee, placed his finger in the air and prayed to the Lord, was dealt a 15-yard penalty, with an official dubbing the prayerful act unsportsmanlike conduct, according to the News-Press.
“I said ‘thank you, God, for this talent you’ve blessed me with,’” Turner told the outlet, explaining that he also gave a quick remembrance to JoJo Brunson, a student who was killed in a drive-by shooting last year. “I use my faith as a platform for my talents. My teammates are giving my tons of support,” he said. “They all know I’m strong believer, even though it cost us 15 yards.”
“I saw the flag and I was so confused at first. I was like, ‘Are you seriously flagging me right now? What did I do wrong?’” he said. “Eventually the ref came up and talked to me and said I was trying to bring attention to myself and I was trying to explain to him that that wasn’t the case at all. I wasn’t trying to bring attention to myself I was just trying to thank God.”
Apparently the First Amendment isn’t welcome on the football field.
This is the kind of lunacy our Founders fought to protect us against by creating the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion. Time and again, if you read their writings, you’ll find they repeatedly stated that if America ever got away from its religious roots our free society would crumble.
If you take a quick peek at the news, it certainly seems like that prophetic warning is coming to pass.
The question must be asked if the same rule and standard is being applied to other kinds of celebrations by non-religious kids on the field. Regardless, telling someone they cannot pray or give thanks to God in a moment of celebration is unconstitutional.
Schools get most of their funding from federal and state government. Most states have a constitution that contains similar protections and language that can be found in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, if a school is guilty of violating someone’s rights due to rules that came from the advisement of state or federal government, it’s not constitutional. It’s as simple as that.
Hopefully this school will get a clue, perhaps pick up a copy of the Constitution, and change this ridiculous rule that clearly violates a person’s religious liberty.