‘Prayer Matters’: Atheist Group’s Complaint Sparks a Bold Response

Source: Faith Wire | February 12, 2018 | Billy Hallowell

An atheist-led complaint over a routine prayer that was said via loudspeaker at an Ohio high school’s basketball games led more than 100 people to show up donning T-shirts that carried a powerful, two-word response: Prayer matters.

The bold display unfolded after The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, complained last month over prayers that were said aloud before basketball games at West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio.

Invocations were subsequently halted, but the public reportedly reacted pretty swiftly.

Scores of fans took to the stands on Friday night donning “Prayer matters” T-shirts in response to the complaint. And, rather than an overt prayer, the school opted to instead hold a moment of silence before the game — something that critics, including the FFRF, still object to.



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