Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne doesn’t like bullies – especially out-of-state bullies.
The Republican lawmaker, who is running for the U.S. Senate, jumped to the defense of a high school football team under fire from a Wisconsin-based gang of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation accused Tallapoosa County Schools of violating the law by allowing football players to participate in a baptism event at Reeltown High School.
The Alexander City Outlook reported that 26 players asked the coach if they could be baptized in a trough on the field prior to practice. It was a voluntary event and a good many players did not attend.
The newspaper also noted that Coach Matt Johnson and the team chaplain participated in the incredibly moving ceremony.
“Our community is based on those values overall,” Johnson told the newspaper. “Everybody is not the same obviously, and we’re fine with that. But the way we run our program, the way I run my program specifically is based 100 percent off Christian values.”
Atheists Say Coach Broke the Law
But the out-of-town atheists accused Coach Johnson of breaking the law and they are demanding the school district investigate.
“The district should take the appropriate steps to ensure there will be no further religious rituals, including baptisms, during school-sponsored activities,” attorney Christopher Line wrote in a letter to the school superintendent.
Well, Congressman Byrne sprang into action when he got word that a bunch of godless atheists were bullying the football players and the coach.
“This really makes me mad,” the congressman wrote on Facebook. “I’m sick of these groups trying to tell us that we aren’t allowed to live out our faith. The Freedom From Religion Foundation needs to pack it up and stop forcing their ungodly, un-American views down our throats.”
Well, praise the Lord and pass the biscuits, congressman!
“The foundation says they want separation of church and state, but what they really want to do is to rip God out of our nation altogether,” Rep. Bryne said.
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