“A Georgia school district is investigating after video of a mass baptism was posted on YouTube.
The article begins with a quote from the YouTube video,
The video, posted by First Baptist Villa Rica, was shot on school grounds just before football practice. “We had the privilege of baptizing a bunch of football players and a coach on the field of Villa Rica High School! We did this right before practice! Take a look and see how God is STILL in our schools!” the caption with the video reads.”
The usual suspects howl in rage:
The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to Carroll County Tuesday asking the district to “immediately investigate and take action to ensure there will be no further illegal religious events”. In the letter, the FFRF mentioned its lawsuit against Emanuel County School District for similar practices.
The authorities promptly swing into action to enforce the new state religion: secularism
“The Carroll County School System was made aware of a situation that took place at Villa Rica High School prior to football practice on August 17th. The District is currently looking into the specifics of this situation and will take appropriate steps to ensure all state and federal laws are followed.”
The legal system stands poised to financially cripple the heretics,
The group is now seeking punitive and personal liability damages in that case. “We prefer to settle these matters cooperatively,” the letter ends with a request to detail the steps the school district is taking to comply with the First Amendment.
The obligatory quote from an aggrieved atheist,
“I can’t remember another case like this,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “It’s really misusing the authority of the coach to promote his personal religious agenda.”
The article mentions that many Georgians remain defiant, and display some backbone,
“The state of Georgia remains a lightning rod for these kinds of cases. A school band in downstate Dublin caught flak last Friday for playing “Amazing Grace. … Those involved with this event have not hidden from it. The Villa Rica Touchdown Club posted the video to its Facebook page with the caption, “Share this with everyone! This should go viral!”
The atheist spokewoman continues,
“Starting this video out, they call it a step of obedience, and then the camera pans to the students,” said Gaylor. “It’s forcing them to undergo a religious ritual to be accepted on a team. How are they going to cross their coach? They have no choice. It’s proselytizing, it’s coercive, and it’s not legal in our schools.”
The 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, ratified in 1788, states,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Many have argued that atheism is a religion with its own set of dogmas, and which issues its own anathemas. Others would argue that football itself is a religion in certain parts of the USA.
Any thoughts from my readers?
A link to the video is embedded in the news story below: