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Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:35 AM

Tennessee high school football players baptized on field after practice

Two Springfield High School football players were baptized on the football field following an August practice, with coaches and players alike supporting the players and celebrating their decision. "Great day for two young men being baptized in front of our team and our field. Better than winning any game or any trophy," a Springfield High School coach tweeted following the ceremony. "What a blessing it was to baptize these young men today in front of their football brothers."," the team's character coach and a minister at a nearby church said.

But this week, questions emerged about the event. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) posted that coaches need to stop promoting and endorsing religion to students, citing the First Amendment — the separation of church and state "This is especially problematic in the context of athletics, given the coercive pressure players feel to conform to coaches' expectations so as not to disappoint coaches or hurt their standing on the team," Chris Line, a staff attorney for FFRF said.

Robertson County Schools said they reviewed the baptism and found that neither the school nor school personnel had violated any policies or laws. "The activities that occurred on or about Aug. 7, were student-initiated, student-led, and occurred after the practice session had ended, and after school hours. All participation was voluntary with no requirement for attendance either stated or implied," the school said in a statement.

As of Thursday, the school had received a few complaints, but only after the Freedom from Religion Foundation raised concerns. Springfield High School coaches did not respond to a request for comment.

https://www.10news.com/news/national/tennessee-high-school-football-players-baptized-on-field-after-practice

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Reply Tennessee high school football players baptized on field after practice (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Sep 2019 OP
Phoenix61 Sep 2019 #1
demigoddess Sep 2019 #2
left-of-center2012 Sep 2019 #3
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:43 AM

1. Utter bs that is wasn't inherently coercive

Of course it was. Student initiated my ass. And a character coach? Since when is that a thing?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:50 AM

2. were they baptized into a religion? or into football?

I would guess football. Or their religion doesn't have a church.
(sarcasm)

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:53 AM

3. Baptist

football “character coach” Chad Diehl doubles as a Baptist minister and baptized two players in front of the rest of the team and coaches.

https://www.wkrn.com/news/nonprofit-protests-baptisms-on-springfield-highs-football-field/

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:20 AM

4. So, they wouldn't mind if, say, the Debate Club...

...inducted people into the Satanic Temple? I mean, you know, as long as it’s student led and there’s no coercion.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:26 AM

5. Never underestimate the Christian Taliban

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:43 AM

6. While simultaneously taking a piss on the Constitution.

But then again, just as in their treatment of the Bible, they seem to just pick and choose the parts they like.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:56 AM

8. The school system's review is a false argument..

Why on the public school ground instead of their church or other private property? End of argument.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:58 AM

9. Wish I could say this surprises me

God and football rule this area, particularly in places like Springfield...that are is Trumplandia and will still vote for his orange ass even after his tariffs cost the town a new factory opening. SMDH

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