In an effort to appease a radical atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Orange County Public Schools General Counsel, Woody Rodriquez, issued a memorandum specific to Apopka High that will affect all public schools across the county. The letter states that Christian acts of praying, reading the Bible and playing Christian music will no longer be tolerated in connection to high school football.
As a result, the long tradition of football team chaplains will come to an end in Orange County.
Todd Starnes of FOX News reports that a local pastor who volunteers as chaplain at Olympia High School was told he could remain if he were to be called a “life coach” but he could no longer preach Christianity or quote from the Bible with the players.
“I could no longer open the Bible, talk about the Bible, talk about God or pray with the team in any capacity,” pastor Troy Schmidt told Fox News. “It was heartbreaking.”
Coach Bobby Bowden weighed in on the issue of Orange County Public Schools taking faith out of football, saying he’d do it anyway.
“I don’t care about political correctness,” Bowden said. “I want to be spiritually correct.”
To access the memorandum: Religious Issues Memorandum (Final Draft)