A legal organization has thrown a flag on the FHSAA after it prohibited two Christian high schools from holding pre-game prayers.
Cambridge Christian School and University Christian School met on December 4th to see who would be the state's new division 2A football champions. After Cambridge was denied the Florida High School Athletic Association's permission to pray over the loudspeaker, attorney Jeremy Dys of the Liberty Institute sent the FHSAA a letter demanding an apology.
"This is clearly private speech," he asserts. "It is clearly speech that the Constitution protects, and I think it's time for the Florida High School Athletic Association to start teaching a different lesson to these students."
Both schools traditionally pray before football games, so Dys submits that the students' and teachers' free exercise of religion was violated in this case.
"We have sent a demand letter to the Florida High School Athletic Association and asked them to issue a written apology and assurances to us that they will now begin to abide by the Constitution so that next time these two schools meet in the Citrus Bowl for a state championship football game, they won't have to be ruled by the illegal actions of the Florida High School Athletic Association," the attorney details.
Dys says if the athletic association refuses their request, then the Liberty Institute and the school are prepared to take the case to federal court.