Pastor Russell Davis — who is listed as a “character coach” at Dawson County High School in Dawsonville, Georgia — was filmed preaching and trying to indoctrinate the high school football team:
The Word says when they compelled him to carry the cross, and then Jesus went to the hill and he won the victory on the cross. Your goal tonight is not to die on the cross. It’s not to die on the field of battle. We’re calling you tonight to carry their cross.
Let’s pray together, Lord, we thank you, God, for another day. We thank you for an opportunity to play the game that we call football. Father, I pray that everything tonight will be for your glory.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the school district urging the illegal proselytizing to stop, notes the Friendly Atheist:
It is well-settled law that schools cannot appoint or employ a chaplain, seek out a spiritual leader for students, or agree to have a volunteer teach other people’s children that character centers on religious belief, because public schools may not advance or promote religion.
The school “cannot allow non-school adults access to the children in its charge, and it certainly cannot grant that access to ministers seeking to grow and target their religious ministries using students,” FFRF Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Chris Line writes. “This is a violation of both students’ and parents’ rights.”
FFRF is requesting that Dawson County Schools investigate the complaint and take immediate action to ensure that its football program is no longer allowing religious leaders access to its students or violating students’ rights by promoting religion in their school.