Prayer at my sons Pop Warner games

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miako demelo's picture
Prayer at my sons Pop Warner games

Hello, I'm new to the forum and looking for some input, advice, or experience. I have 3 sons, all of which have played Pop Warner football for a total of 16 years. My 13 year old informed me last week that his head coach has been leading the team in a pre-game prayer each week asking for the "lords help in keeping them safe, focused, and bring home a victory!" Stunned, I went discreetly to this guy and explained that we were atheist and I was upset that this had been going on. He said he has been coaching and doing this for 20 years and had never had a single complaint. He told me he would ask the kids if they wanted to pray and if any child said no they could step "outside the prayer circle." I told him I doubted any kid would put himself on display like that and that I, once again, did not want religion shoved down mine or my kids throats. He then preceded to say that he was "sick of politics and science being shoved down my throat. And the gays and their agenda make me sick, those people are evil!" This, I might add, from a black man and why he threw gay in there is bizarre?

Of course at the game yesterday, not only did he pray loudly, the boys shouted out AMEN!!! as loudly as possible. Apparently in support of this guy the parents told their kids to "stand proud!" I have no idea how to proceed with this. I don't want my kid outed as he's not ok with it. It makes me want to puke! Has anyone dealt with this issue. I can only find one other case like this, in Florida, and his kid was bullied when the dad tried to stop it.
Thanks in advance.

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Mardze's picture
Better let your kids be

Better let your kids be exposed to different religious rituals so they can actually experience and see how it works. It will make them grow and learn more things in life.

Johnathan Graham's picture
I myself, played striper

I myself, played striper football (More broad version of pop warner) hard to explain, basically poor mans pop warner with bigger kids above your age bracket. But, I'm not sure how I'd tackle this, heading to the pop warner director might be the best way to handle this. I know there has been a case where some college coaches were fired for this very reason. They had prayer circles before and after the game then were fired for the fact that religion is not aloud anywhere near the activity. So honestly, the only way to fix this would probably have to be talk to the person at the very top of the league in directory, have your rebuttals ready and presented politely. Thats all I can think of, best of luck to you!

Jeff Vella Leone's picture
If that doesn't work go to

If that doesn't work go to each and every one of the company share holders.
make it clear that this is unacceptable.

It is very common for a christian to be arrogant and think he is in the right when it comes to religion.

You can also bring to court the club for religious persecution and that the coach is not only allowing bullying at the club but also promoting it since he himself is bullying a child in a particular religion.

When it comes to money shareholders will start taking the matter seriously.
Trust me money makes the world go round.

Hopefully it won't come to this but be ready by collecting evidence and witnesses just in case.

Lmale's picture
A black christian is someone

A black christian is someone who knows nothing about christianity's history. Personally i would remind him about it.

mysticrose's picture
As a parent, it's you who can

As a parent, it's you who can greatly influence your kids' belief compared to their friends and teachers. There is nothing to worry about their exposure on religious activities. They know who to follow and it's you. In the end, your opinion and belief is the one that your kids will highly consider even if your don't impose it.

efpierce's picture
That coach clearly has no

That coach clearly has no business being around children any more. He is old school and in some ways that is a good thing, but when it comes to what we want for our own children, old school is not cool.

miako demelo's picture
Thank you all for the

Thank you all for the opinions and advice. It doesn't look like there is much I can do about this whole thing without turning my kid into a pariah, so, I'll let it go. Sadly.

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