GAINESVILLE - Congressman Doug Collins, who serves the 9th district in Georgia, voiced his support of religious freedom for Chestatee High School.<br />
The school (more specifically the football team and coaches) is threatened with a lawsuit from the American Humanist Association for coaches leading prayer and a general "infusion of Christianity" into the program.<br />
"The liberal atheist interest groups trying to bully Chestatee High School kids say they have reason to believe that expressions of religious freedom are 'not an isolated event' in Northeast Georgia. They're right," said Collins. "In Hall County and throughout Georgia's 9th district, we understand and respect the Constitution and cherish our right to worship in our own way."<br />
He continued in the statement released to the press, referencing the gathering of about 200 students on the football Wednesday morning for prayer.<br />
"This morning, while Chestatee students gathered on their football field to support their school leadership and exercise their rights, unspeakable human rights atrocities continued to happen across the world in places that have no regard at all for religious freedom. It's utterly disgusting that while innocent lives are being lost in Iraq and other places at the hands of radical religious terrorists, a bunch of Washington lawyers are finding the time to pick on kids in Northeast Georgia. I want the football players and all the students at CHS to know I support you, I'm here for you, and yes, I'm praying for you," said Collins.<br />
The articles about the lawsuit and the prayer rally are linked below.
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