Missouri AG Eric Schmitt defends high school football coach who led prayer services for players

"We will support your football team's lawful, voluntary decision to pray."

Tom Franklin
December 05, 2019 - 9:06 am
Attorney General Eric Schmitt tours Clinton Peabody Housing Project

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CAMERON, Mo. (KMOX) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is supporting a high school's head football coach who led his team in prayer.

This comes after the Freedom from Religion Foundation complained to the superintendent of Cameron R-1 schools. Their letter, sent on October 28, claims Cameron High School Jeff Wallace violated the U.S. Constitution.

It claims head coach Jeff Wallace and assistant coach David Stucky led "religious chapel services" before and after games.

In his letter to the district, Schmitt says the coaches did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

"Our understanding is that no coach or other Cameron official has forced any football player to participate in prayer or taken any action against any player who chose not to participate," Schmitt said in the letter.

You can read his full letter below:

Missouri Attorney Eric Schmitt's letter to Cameron High School football coach by EntercomSTL on Scribd

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