Appeals court reverses decision that barred Christian schools from praying over loudspeaker before games

by Daniel Payne · Nov 14th, 2019 4:36 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

A federal appeals court in California reversed a lower ruling on Wednesday involving prayer at sporting events, declaring that the lower court’s determination that two Christian schools were not allowed to pray over a loudspeaker system before a football game was “too quick.”

A federal district court had previously ruled that Cambridge Christian School and University Christian School, both in Florida, were not constitutionally protected in praying over a speaker system prior to the 2015 Division 2A state football championship.

Wednesday’s ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further review. The appeals court held that there were “too many open factual questions” for the decision to stand as it was initially decided.

The plaintiffs are represented by the First Liberty Institute, a law firm specializing in religious freedom.


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