On the church-state gridiron: Georgia HS football team challenged for 'Amazing Grace'

The latest battleground in the eternal fight over the separation of church and state could be the half-times of high school football games.

From WMAZ:

This isn't the first time Americans United reached out to the school. In May of this year, they told administrators to cut out the song, and to replace the prayer with a moment of silence.

On the August 21st game, many fans recited "The Lord's Prayer" during the moment of silence.

In AU's most recent letter, they stated that the band director, Michael Dukes, violated the constitution further and "reached out to local churches to bring their members out to the game."

This week, talk jock Erick Erickson weighed in with a column in the Macon Telegraph.

To tell a high school band that they should not be playing “Amazing Grace” is ridiculous. The organization demanding the high school stop playing “Amazing Grace” is Americans United, which used to be called Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The organization has long taken the position that the First Amendment’s guarantee of “freedom of religion” should be interpreted as “freedom from religion.”

The organization wants no references made to religion, though Christian traditions have deep, deep underpinnings in our society that even the United States Supreme Court acknowledges to be lawful. But the organization bullies schools and local governments knowing they might not have the money to spend on a lawsuit.

Americans United said in a post that the "wall of separation" between religion and state does not exempt high school athletics.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.