CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Shortly after Hamilton County Schools administrators banned pre-game prayer over the loudspeaker at high school football games in response to some student complaints, a massive pre-game prayer was held on the field. This is, technically, in accordance with school rules, but far more egregious. Whereas before any non-Christians could anonymously watch everyone else with their heads were bowed, muttering some standard cookie-cutter prayer about safety, etc., now the non-believers have totally been singled out, literally left on the sidelines. An excerpt from the Chattanooga Times Free Press article above:
Bimbo McCawley, a Rhea County School Board member, said the prayer was a way to show (Superintendent) Scales they understood his between-a-rock-and-hard-place position.
"We live in the buckle of the Bible belt," McCawley said. "People in the community adhere to the beliefs. We did this out of respect for Dr. Scales because we realize he had no choice."
How is this in any way accepting of all faiths?