Shanley Wants to be able to Pray at Playoff Football Games


SHANLEY’S FOOTBALL TEAM KICKED OFF PRACTICE IN HOPES OF WINNING TOMORROW’S PLAYOFF GAME. BUT, THE SCHOOL IS HOPING TO SCORE A DIFFERENT KIND OF WIN. GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. SHANLEY IS DISPUTING WHAT IT SAYS IS A NORTH DAKOTA ACTIVITY ASSOCIATION DECISION TO BAN PRAYING BEFORE A FOOTBALL GAME. THE SCHOOL ARGUES THAT THIS RULE TAKES AWAY ITS CONSITUTIONAL RIGHT. VALLEY NEWS TEAMS MAECY ENGER JOINS US WITH WHY IT’S BECOME AN ISSUE NOW. MAECY? MIKE AND STEPH … SINCE IT’S A PLAY OFF GAME … THE NORTH DAKOTA ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION IS SPONSORING THE EVENT. BUT SHANLEY HIGH SCHOOL SAYS THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY CAN STOP THEM FROM PRAYER BEFORE THE GAME. THE SCHOOL REACHED OUT TO A LAW FIRM … AND SENT THIS LETTER TO THE ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION. IT ARGUES THAT SINCE ITS A HOME GAME FOR SHANLEY, THE SCHOOL WILL RUN THE TICKET SALES … CONCESSIONS AND PROVIDE AN ANNOUNCER FOR THE GAME. AND SHOULD BE ABLE SAY A PRAYER OVER THE P-A SYSTEM. THAT WOULD BE NO DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THEY DO AT REGULAR HOME SEASON GAME…..AND THE HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION HAS NO ISSUE WITH THAT. THE PARENTS I TALKED TO TODAY, BACK THE SCHOOLS ARGUMENT. “I THINK IT’S SILLY, SINCE WE’RE A CATHOLIC SCHOOL YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE PRAYER AND THE SCHOOL SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT THE SCHOOL WOULD LIKE.” OTHERS ECHOED THE SAME THING, BUT DIDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE SAYING IT ON CAMERA. WHEN I REACHED OUT TO THE NORTH DAKOTA ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION THEY PROVIDED A STATEMENT WHICH SAID IN PART … “BECAUSE THIS REQUEST INVOLVES AN ISSUE OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, IT HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO OUR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR REVIEW.” AND WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT TOMORROW’S GAME… WHICH AS I SAID, IS IN FARGO. BUT WE’LL BE THERE TO FIND OUT. IT’S ANOTHER COOL DAY… WITH

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