Thursday, August 08, 2013

Public School Supt. Takes Stand Against Atheist Threats

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This Saturday, a planned prayer caravan will occur, despite the efforts of an atheist group to stop it.

Christians will be traveling to each of the 29 schools in a public school district, praying for the students, teachers and the school as the district begins its new school year this next week.

The caravan is led and promoted by District Superintendent Billy Coleman. This will be their third annual prayer caravan.

A Wisconsin based atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, is taking action against the superintendent and the school district, claiming what they always claim---violation of separation of church and state."

District Superintendent Billy Coleman says he is not afraid to stand up against the atheist group and their threats.

He says, "We live in a time when certain groups hide behind the human rights of some to destroy the human rights of others."

He told the press, "The government agencies of Cullman County and Alabama respect the rights of people to believe what they choose and to freely express those beliefs."

"However," he said, "I also believe that we who are Christians have the same rights as anyone else to publicly express our beliefs on our own time, and be afforded the same announcement channels as anyone else."

Coleman has made it clear from the beginning that he is speaking and is involved as a private citizen and is not representing the school district in this event.

He told the press it is totally voluntary and is not endorsed by the district.

But that's not enough for the atheists who seek to silence Christians and eradicate the influence of Christianity from the culture. For them, Coleman is a problem.

Coleman told the press, "I know 'fear' can be a very strong deterrent to doing what is right."

"We have and we will continue to respond respectfully," he said, "but it would be a mistake to take our 'kindred spirit' for fear."

He said, "We are not afraid, and we are not alone."

To those involved in the prayer caravan, the event is a deeply spiritual matter. It was never intended to become a high visibility event.

However, those involved say the attention brought to it this year by the atheist group will likely expand the number involved by 30 to 40 times.


The superintendent says, "It's sad because this was about free citizens on their own time on a Saturday, going in front of each schools and praying voluntarily and it wasn't intended to be a big deal."

"In my heart," he says, "is the hope that the prayer event, is just a prayer event, not anything other than that. This is about lifting up our schools to God."

The adversaries of faith and freedom are diligently trying to thwart the prayer and punish the superintendent under the guise of "separation of church and state."

The superintendent also said he has gotten legal advice and "I do have freedoms to express my faith as a private citizen."

Interestingly to me, he also took the opportunity at the press conference to say this:

There has been a lot of debate on what was inside the heads of our founding fathers when this country was established. Why did they write what they wrote? What was the meaning of the First Amendment and public free exercise of religious belief? There is a host of documentation as to their original intent, including that found in the 1789 Northwest Ordinance, adopted after the First Amendment was ratified: 'Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.

Thus, we know that the first public schools were established to teach children how to read the Bible and the New England Primer, which was one of the first textbooks in America and certainly made reference to the Bible.

Now we have come to this, an activist organization located halfway across the country attempting to eliminate private expressions of faith and worship by public school officials and employees acting on their private time and in their private capacity as citizens of Cullman County. We strongly feel this goes well beyond what even modern Supreme Court decisions require, regarding the scope of the First Amendment.

He closed his statement by quoting the first prayer given at the Continental Congress in 1774.

America needs more men and women like this in leadership in public education and elsewhere.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Thankful. Be Informed. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


  1. It's interesting that they would protest a private event that features prayer, something that an atheist shouldn't even believe in. What are they afraid of? They don't have to attend it.

  2. Ron Borowski - Town of Vernon, WI9:04 AM, August 08, 2013

    The Madison Wisconsin based atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, is an anti-Christian hate group. Their aim is to minimize and eliminate all Christian influence from both the public arena; school and government, and eventually, all of American society. They are an outward example of 'the terror of the minorities'.

  3. Students should be able to attend a public school free from religious\non-religious indoctrination of any kind ... and that includes Christianity, Judaism, and atheism.

    I have no problem with a private event in which parents go from school to school to pray. However, when the event is created and sponsored by the District Superintendent -- the employer of many of the district -- even if private, it does blur the lines a bit. And when you add to that that the District Superintendent announced the event on the district's official website, the lines get even more blurred.

    When we hold roles that are highly influential or powerful, it's difficult to separate the personal from the public. For this same reason, we demand judges recuse themselves from cases for their private activities, etc.

  4. The FFRF group has no problem with Coleman speaking as a private citizen. Their only concern is that the school promoted this on their website and Facebook, as it they were sponsoring the event. The publicity for the Caravan also mentions that Coleman is the district's Superintendent -- not just some private citizen.

    That's the issue here. Get your facts straight before complaining.

  5. This is just another example of why people are getting so annoyed with Christians pushing their religion on everyone else all the time. This is just an 'in your face' event designed to get attention. If your intent was really just to pray for your schools, you could do it at home, at church, at the grocery store - I think God could figure out what you were praying for even if you're not at the school. But it drives you nuts that schools are to be religion free so you push it whenever you can. And then Gary distorts the reaction to make atheists sound evil. The rational world is getting increasingly tired of this.

    1. Seems like someone has a problem is right .. First this event has been gong on for three years . No complaint till the Freedom From Religion folks came into the act . They want all religious expression taken out of the public square , if you agree with that then you are intolerant . This is not endorsement .

      You may not like the First Amendment , but it does not state anywhere that schools are to be free from religion . No where , in fact schools allow prayer around the Flag Pole , church groups just like gay groups . Teachers, parents , and kids can pray if they want in school . Gay groups are allowed , in fact gay organizations can and have been advertised on school district web pages . If you have one you can not tell the other to stay out . Learn to be tolerant .

      Also after the Freedom from Religion Foundation registered their complaint , the announcement came off the web page . a Superintendent , a Homosexual teacher , even worse a republican does not loose their Constitutional rights because they work for a school district . The School Board did not endorse or promote the Caravan , or did any funds pay to support the event .

      The atheist folks your defending The Freedom From Religion Foundation is now backing down from its opposition to Ohio building a Holocaust memorial on state capitol grounds, which includes the Star of David, following a petition in support of the memorial signed by thousands of Americans. The group seems to think the Star of David is a religious symbol they can not tolerate , perhaps after considering the bad publicity of their group being seen as forcing their narrow agenda down the throat of average Americans they reconsidered .

      To actually think one HAS to be be religious to force their values and beliefs on others is total nonsense . I know many people who have no problems with kids praying around a flagpole or a star of David at a memorial for those murdered by Hitler .

      Loosen up .



      Jews .

    2. Although I think these caravans accomplish nothing but causing friction, I encourage them. I think the more exposure fanatical religion gets, the more people become comfortable with atheism. So, praise God loudly in public every time you can. Do a Tebow every time something good happens. And, by all means, do big old prayer caravan. The bigger the better. Go for it!

    3. 12:42

      Yes, the devil wants you fat, comfortable and oblivious.

      Craig in Lacey

    4. Perfect, and talk about 'the devil' a lot too like he's real.

    5. Keep on truckin', you'll meet him someday, you won't be laughing then.

      "The fool says in his heart, there is no God."

      Craig in Lacey

  6. Christians are not pushing their religion on anyone. Period. The overreaction of the atheists and their attempt to rid this country of the vestiges of Christianity are proof of their intolerance and the fact that they - not the Christians - are trying to push their atheists beliefs on everyone. What on earth are they afraid of? Why are they afraid of people praying? Obviously, according to their beliefs, praying is pointless since there is no God. Instead of trying to silence Christians they should focus their belief system to improving the problems of a society that is beset with the problems that are a direct result of the rejection of Christianity. The atheist system of beliefs seems focused on TAKING AWAY and silencing those that aren't atheists. The Spirit of God focuses on GIVING to those that are in Christ - LOVE, JOY, PEACE, GENTLENESS, PATIENCE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, MERCY, GRATEFULNESS, THANKSGIVING, HUMILITY, LOVE, COMPASSION, AND MORE. The utter hopelessness of the atheist in their belief system is sad. Oh, that they could experience the safe harbor of Christ's salvation. They would stop trying to destroy what they cannot have in their belief system, forgiveness and joy beyond measure.

    1. "Christians are not pushing their religion on anyone."

      The school plays the lord's prayer over the loud speaker system every morning. Would you be cool with atheists making an announcement that there is absolutely no proof of the christian god on the loud speaker system every day?

  7. 12:29 If atheists had contributed to this country what Christians have contributed we might be obliged to at least listen to them. How many hospitals have atheists built for the good of the communities? Did the yhelp found this country? How many fought and died in the Revolutionary War?


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