FOUNDATION FOR MORAL LAW SENDS MEMORANDUM TO SCHOOLS ON PRAYER AT FOOTBALL GAMES
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MONTGOMERY, AL: Prayer at public school football games, including over the school
loudspeaker does not violate the Constitution if it is a student message and not the
school’s, according to the Foundation for Moral Law1 which last Friday sent a
memorandum on the subject to all Alabama school superintendents.
The Memorandum on Student Religious Speech at Athletic Events countered letters sent
by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (“FFRF”) to several Alabama
public schools claiming that prayer at school athletic events is unconstitutional and
demanding that schools immediately stop the practice.
Foundation President Kayla Moore explained: “The courts have never issued a blanket
prohibition on prayer at athletic events. Provided the prayers are student-initiated and
student-led, they are protected by the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First
Amendment and may be broadcast over the public address system.”
The Memorandum analyzes several U.S. Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Court of
Appeals decisions, cites examples of schools responses to those decisions and suggests
a sample policy for schools concerning prayer at athletic events.
Foundation for Moral Law Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe added: “Often the FFRF’s
letters say what the FFRF wishes the Constitution said rather than what it actually says or
what the courts have said about it. We invite school officials to contact us so that we can
help them draft a student-speech policy for athletic events that is constitutional and fair to all
1 The Foundation for Moral Law is an Alabama nonprofit dedicated to the defense of
religious liberty and the strict interpretation of the Constitution as understood by its
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