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Another example of Christians doing things they shouldn’t … but refusing to stop, because they think they’re doing “the Lord’s work” and this gives them a “pass” to do whatever they want, no matter how wrong it is … was reported in the Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal recently:

The head football coach at Breckinridge County High School took about 20 players on a school bus late last month to his church, where nearly half of them were baptized, school officials say.

The mother of one player said her 16-year-old son was baptized without her knowledge and consent, and she is upset that a public school bus was used to take players to a church service — and that the school district’s superintendent was there and did not object.

A public-school coach uses his position as the leader of an athletic team, to get members of his team to get baptized in his own church. It’s not clear to me how this is not crossing the line of separation of church and state, but the Christians involved have managed to come up with a sleazy legalistic evasion:

But Superintendent Janet Meeks, who is a member of the church and witnessed the baptisms, said she thinks the trip was proper because attendance was not required, and another coach paid for the gas.

Meeks said parents weren’t given permission slips to sign but knew the event would include a church service, if not specifically a baptism. She said eight or nine players came forward and were baptized.

“None of the players were rewarded for going and none were punished for not going,” Meeks said.

Let’s be both honest and clear here. When you’re on a school team and there’s a team activity, it is never truly “voluntary” for members of the team. There is, at best, an unspoken expectation of attendance, and at worst, there can be implied coercion, peer pressure, and other forms of quiet retribution for those who may opt out.

As for who pays for the gas … is Ms Meeks really serious about? Does she really, honestly believe that payment for gasoline can obviate separation of church and state?

What’s more, who is this coach to take members of his team to any particular church? What if there were Jewish or Muslim kids on the team? What makes him think their parents would be happy about taking their kids to an evangelical Christian revival service?

Please, enough is enough. Christians like this need to be stopped — in their tracks — their legalistic bullshit excuses notwithstanding.

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