An advocacy group that first challenged religious practices from the Ridgeland High School football coach and team is questioning three more issues.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation still wants to know whether Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis uses the Bible as a motivational tool at the Walker County school, whether athletes will continue to be fed at church before games and whether athletes are allowed not to participate in student-led prayer.
The Wisconsin-based foundation originally challenged school practices in early August. Thousands of supporters behind Mariakis and the right to pray before football games.
The most recent letter from the foundation, sent today, came in response to Walker school Superintendent Damon Raines’ letter, sent Aug. 30. Raines said he disagreed with some of the assertions made by the foundation, but said the school won’t allow preaching during football team meals at churches and won’t have the coach or a chaplain pray with the students before a game.
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Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...