Atheists oppose churches feeding HS team
A Wisconsin atheist group wants to put an end to a local tradition in a Georgia school. Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis is under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group believes public high-school students should not be taken to area churches to eat pre-game meals prepared by the churches.
FTA: "They are demanding the school system launch an investigation into allegations that Coach Mariakis allowed local churches to prepare pre-game meals for his football team. They also allege that the coach prayed with his team, used Bible verses in motivational speeches and on team shirts and participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Taking public school football teams to church, even for a meal, is unconstitutional,” wrote FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel. “This program is an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause and must cease immediately.”
Seidel said taking school children to churches and having ministers “present the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and having the food blessed “shatters the protections the First Amendment put in place.”"
Is this an "egregious violation of the Establishment Clause" as the group claims? I can see where some people might object to using school transportation to take the students to the church location. But if students or families provide the transportation, does the group still have an argument?
Here is a link that might be useful: Churches can't feed HS football team