Tennesee Cheerleaders Lead Prayer Before Games

Asia Canada, a cheerleader in Tennessee, defies the ruling to ban prayer in schools. She leads her community in the Lord’s Prayer, and they fully support her.

Asia Canada, a co-captain of a cheerleading squad from a school in Tennessee is taking a brave stand against a ruling that prayers are no longer to be permitted at any school function. Because of complaints that had been made by atheist and humanist groups, the school council district altered the format of the beginning of the game. Since 1930, a person had spoken out a Christian prayer over the loudspeakers, and then the game had begun. Oneida High School had to forbid the PA prayer, and instead called for a minute of silence before the game got underway. Asia Canada, however, felt she had something to say.

It was not silence that rang out, but the Lord’s Prayer, a commonly known Christian prayer of faith. The prayer was begun by cheerleader co-captain Asia Canada, and soon both her cheerleading team and the opposing cheerleading team joined her. By the time the moment of silence came to an end, almost the entire stadium was standing and reciting the prayer. Among the local population, this has been received as a great positive change in the way that things are organized by many of the school’s administration. Now, instead of just one person praying, they have close to a thousand people praying.

Technically this is not in contradiction with the ruling that was given to the school, and many believe that the atheist and humanist groups will find it difficult to argue with a decision that so many people have made, despite the ruling. In fact, many people in the local community are irritated that groups that live far away are trying to dictate their religious decisions. Whether you see this prayer as an act of defiance or an act of devotion, it could be that we have just witnessed a new school tradition that could last another ninety years.

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