Opinions abound concerning decision to pull pre-game prayer

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's what many of you are talking about. A complaint forces Bell County Schools to stop prayer before football games. And as you can imagine, everyone has an opinion on this issue.

Those at the Bell County School Board said it's been rather quiet now that folks know why they had to get rid of the prayer.

But the opinions in downtown Pineville are not hard to find.

"Because it has to do with your children, the upbringing of your children," said Louise Ervin.

"For the people that want to, I think they should be able to stand up and pray. For the people that don't, they can sit there. It is our choice," said Judy Lefevers.

Bell County Schools got rid of the pre-game prayer last week. They got a complaint earlier in August from a national foundation that advocates for separation of church and state.

State attorneys said the complaint was legitimate and advised the school district to quit holding the public prayer.

"I've heard quite a few people express their opinion about it, some people negative and some people positive. It goes both ways," said Ervin.

People are telling us what they think on our web channel.

Our first story has more than 500 Facebook recommendations and more than 60 comments both for and against the issue.

Those we talked with Tuesday said that is not surprising.

"I just think it'll be the talk no matter what," said Ervin.

"I think religion is an important topic for people here. It matters a lot to them, and they want to talk about it," said Mike Silliman.

Lots of talking left to do, both in the town and in the county.

We talked to a few students from Bell County High School. They say there is a petition going around the school to bring the prayer back.


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