Don’t you just love the whining morons who complain that a church is doing something even though the whiners won’t do it themselves?
Take the case of churches in LaFayette, Georgia, providing meals to local football teams before games. Here are people (yes, churches are in fact filled with people) doing a great thing (feeding young athletes). I find it bizarre that feeding kids could possibly be deemed “unconstitutional”, yet that’s the word being bandied about by the lunatic fringe, aka the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
The FFRF hates God and demands that the rest of the world fall in line with their opinion. It would seem that Freedom of Speech applies only to the FFRF and nobody else.
Sorry… nobody’s buying that crap here.
Freedom of Religion is not Freedom FROM Religion, yet that’s what these idiots constantly promote. Any mention of God or church even in the most distant way is an invitation to the FFRF to sue you.
Obviously these folks don’t have anything better to do, such as making meals for young athletes like those evil church folk do, and must instead mandate that nobody else make meals for the kids either.
“Taking public school football teams to church, even for a meal, is unconstitutional,” FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote in a letter to the district. “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.”
In other words… How dare churches feed young football players?!?! It oughta be a crime!!!
How very… enlightened of them.
Mark Mariakis, the coach of the Ridgeland High School Panthers Football Team, regularly works with many churches in the area, upholding a longstanding tradition of churches preparing pre-game meals for the football players on game day.
The Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church is one of many churches who fulfill this tradition and that church’s Youth Director, Ritchie White, is surprised that anyone has an issue with churches feeding teenage football players.
“It would be interesting to see what part of the Constitution we violated by simply offering a meal to fellow Americans,” he told Fox News. “These are kids from our area that we do love and we do care about.”
It is a tradition to show support for the players, he said, and since many team members are also members of the church it only makes sense that the church would do what it can to support school athletics.
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, got it right when he told Fox News,
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dedicated itself to perverting the very real First Amendment freedom of religious expression for an imaginary freedom from religious expression. It is time for all Christians to push back against the attempts of atheistic groups and judicial activists to erase our constitutional right of freedom of religious expression.”
If the Freedom From Religion Foundation is so vehemently opposed to churches feeding children before a football game, maybe they ought to put their money where their loud mouths are and feed the kids instead.
Will they? Of course not.
There’s no national press release in it for them to perform such a humble and decent task.