When the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Alabama, forced their school district to replace its traditional pregame prayer with a moment of silence, a group of students from Opelika High School in Alabama rose up and recited the Lord’s Prayer in a moment of holy defiance.

It began when the Opelika City Schools Board of Education received a letter from the FFRF, in which the nonprofit used its interpretation of the First Amendment to threaten the school’s board with legal action if any of its staff, especially football coaches, continued to sponsor or encourage Christian prayer before football games or at any other school events, according to the ACTIVISTS MOMMY

FFRF attorney Christopher Line said in the letter that a parent felt alienated enough by the prayer that he wanted to “move their children out of the district.”

“The Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school athletic events, even when student-led,” said Line after stating that it is illegal for students in a public school to pray at a school athletic event.

Responding, Opelika High School, like many, many districts agreed to drop the prayer and replaced it with a moment of silence. 

“We recognize that the United States of America is a nation of laws and we will abide by the current law,” stated OCS Superintendent Mark Neighbors. “Our students are allowed to pray, but our coaches are not allowed to participate.” 

However, on Sept.13, at the beginning of a school’s football match, Opelika students refused to be silenced, stood up and recited the Lord’s Prayer.

It is unsure if the FFRF will formally retaliate with legal action, but many have been siding with the students and called them brave.

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