Faith Under Fire: Crisis Prayer for Injured Teen Labeled ‘Unconstitutional’

When an entire high school football stadium in Tennessee witnessed a player suffer a severe blow, many thought he would never walk again.

He was down on the ground for 30 minutes, crying uncontrollably and unable to move his legs.

Local youth pastor Eric Dill rushed to the boy’s side to pray for him. Little did he know that small but powerful act would spark a legal showdown.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) heard about the prayer and filed a complaint against the Hamilton County Department of Education, arguing it violated the injured player’s constitutional rights.

HCDE attorney D. Scott Bennett said the prayer had nothing to do with imposing a single religion, but had everything to do with compassion.

“Rather than being an unconstitutional endorsement of religion,” Bennett wrote in a letter to FFRF, “this was human compassion at its finest.” The injured student has since made a full recovery.

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