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Hundreds 'cover the field' to support praying Apopka football team
Aug 29, 2014 • WKMG OrlandoCENTRAL FLORIDA TOP HIGH SCHOOL GAMES AND SHOW YOU HOW THE WEATHER PLAYED A BIG PART. THIS WAS THE SCENE IN ... It's a tradition of faith that parents and students at Apopka High School refuse to break. A defeated football team ... More
Atheist Group Gets Religious Expression Banned From HS Football Games
Sep 3, 2014 • Daily CallerStarting this season, team chaplains, signs with Bible verses and praying before games will all be banned from Orange County public schools in Florida, thanks to an atheist activist group who sent a threatening letter to the district's superintendent ... More
How an Anti-Religion Group Convinced a Florida School District to Ban Team ...
Sep 8, 2014 • Daily Signal... Religion Foundation sued the school district—roughly the 10th largest in the country—in federal court in June 2013. In March, the group sent a letter to the Orange County Schools' general counsel alleging “rampant religious activity” at Apopka ... More
High school football team fires its chaplain after atheist complaints
Aug 29, 2014 • ChristianTodayA Florida pastor who can no longer serve as chaplain of a local high school football team is speaking out this week. Pastor Troy Schmidt served as chaplain for the Olympia High School Titans for six years, but was told last week that his position was ... More
Bow down: Chaplains, religious expression banned from Central Florida high ...
Sep 2, 2014 • Watchdog.orgThe groups says it has 20,000 members, of which 950 live in Florida. While religion may not be for everyone, there's been no shortage of student progress at Apopka High School, according to Todd Lamphere, now former chaplain of Apopka's Blue Darter ... More
Florida School District Replaces Chaplains With 'Life Coaches' Following ...
Aug 31, 2014 • Crossmap... Christian minister unique access to befriend and proselytize student athletes," the letter states, referring to reports that Todd Lamphere, pastor of The Venue Church in Apopka, Florida, has been serving as chaplain of the Apopka High School ... More
Prosecution of public prayer
Sep 3, 2014 • The Independent Florida Alligator... chaplains and other school staff are not allowed to participate in or lead prayer before or after football games, even if prayer before the game has been a long standing tradition for many OCPS schools, including my alma mater, Apopka High School. More
Football Chaplains Banned at Florida's Orange County High Schools
Sep 9, 2014 • BJC Blog from the Capital (blog)Their letter cited instances of Apopka High School football players praying with Pastor Todd Lamphere of The Venue Church, which meets at Apopka High and two Seminole County public schools. The Sunshine State News reports the ban also includes signs ... More
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