Tenn. cheerleaders pray in defiance of pregame prayer ban
ONEIDA, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Prayer hasn’t gone out of style in Oneida, Tenn.
Oneida High School stopped praying before football games after getting pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union and Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The school replaced the usual pregame prayer with a moment of silence.
That wasn’t good enough for members of the cheerleading squad. During a recent game, they began reciting the Lord’s Prayer during the moment of silence, according to WBTW and WATE. Cheerleaders from Watertown joined in—and so did the crowd.
“In that moment the atmosphere was kind of great because it was nothing but heads bowed, and you heard the Lord’s Prayer ring over the football field,” junior Kayla King told WATE.