Students, athletes and parents peacefully and openly expressed
their faith before a West Virginia high school football game
despite threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Rather than submit to the scare tactics and bullying from the
atheist group, Jeremy Dys of the Family Policy
Council of West Virginia says students and families of
Sissonville High took it upon themselves to defy the
"The students that night all wore
purple to represent the majesty of Christ and the royalty of
Christ," he describes. "They grabbed arms and linked up arm-in-arm
on the football field, the football players as well as the fans.
And after the national anthem, they said the Lord's Prayer out loud
in a very good act of solidarity."
He says the public is likely to see more of such peaceful acts
of defiance across the nation.
"The reality is that the further and further the Freedom from
Religion Foundation pushes us into silence, the more and more I
think we are going to see parents and students stand up and say,
No more, we can't have this. We don't want a godless society.
We want one where Christian students have the right to peacefully
express their faith even at school, even at a football game,"
Dys' organization and Alliance Defending Freedom are offering
assistance to help the school create a policy for
student-initiated, pregame Christian speech.
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