By David Waters
A high school football coach in Kentucky used a school bus to take 20 of his players on a “voluntary” trip to his church’s Wednesday night worship service where eight of his players were baptized.
The mother of one of the players who went on the trip and was baptized said both happened without her consent or knowledge. “Nobody should push their faith on anybody else,” Michelle Ammons told the Courier Journal.
Coach Scott Mooney declined to comment about the field trip, but Breckinridge County (Ky.) Supt. Janet Meeks — who as a member of the same church was at the service — defended the trip by saying it was voluntary and another coach paid for the gas. “None of the players were rewarded for going and none were punished for not going,” Meeks said.
Unless you don’t count eternal salvation or damnation as a reward or punishment.
I don’t know where to begin with this one.
Why would a coach take only 20 of the members of his football team on a “team-building” field trip?
Why would a high school coach (a government official) think it was OK to use a school bus (a government vehicle) for such a trip, regardless of who paid for the gas?
Why would any public school official think it would be OK to take any student to any religious gathering without a parent’s permission?
How long would it have taken the entire community of Breckinridge County, Ky., to run the coach and the superintendent out of town on a rail if they had taken players to a mosque or a Hindu temple or a Wiccan magic circle?