As it has done in countless previous cases, a Wisconsin-based secularist organization used its influence to intimidate a Christian in another state for daring to share his faith. Hal Capps, a football coach for Mooresville High School in North Carolina, is the latest target of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
According to recent reports, the organization began pressuring Capps last year with a letter asking him to curtail any religious expression around his team. This week, the school district apparently capitulated, forcing him to end the practice of leading prayers or joining his players in off-campus baptisms.
The group’s attorney, Patrick Elliot, wrote the initial letter, describing Capps’ actions as “a violation of the Constitution,” listing specific issues such as “proselytizing before, during, or after games and practices.”
Some of the evidence Elliot provided, however, has been disputed by school administrators. A photo of Capps participating in a baptism involving members of the team, for instance, was taken at the church those players attend, according to superintendent Mark Edwards.
Nevertheless, FFRF cites one lone complaint from a student in its pursuit of silencing the coach. The litigators within this organization consistently ignore the many voices of support such leaders inevitably receive from those in their community.
Edwards called Capps “a very proud Christian,” while parents express their respect for his conviction.
“I don’t think he’s forcing anybody,” one local said in an interview with an area television station. “It’s all their decision.”
She expressed a common belief among those in the community that “[t]he more people who hear about Jesus, the better.”
Fortunately, administrators did not pursue any disciplinary action against the coach, though he did issue a public apology and promise that he would no longer lead interested players in prayer.
The left has so corrupted the First Amendment that it now only takes an intimidating letter from an organization like FFRF to curtail an individual’s religious liberty. Our founders’ intention was clear: the government may not establish a preferred religion. There is, however, no constitutional prohibition against the expression of faith within a public setting.
Our nation has accepted politically correct propaganda over the past several generations, though; and now any man or woman of faith must carefully weigh their decision to share their beliefs with the threat of legal action by those who keep trying to erase the indelible mark such believers have left on this great nation.