You are correct Nemesis...this is Jefferson's interpretation of the Amendment 1 and by all accounts can be your interpretation as well.
Unfortunately for you the first amendment regards "freedom of religion" in which you can respond with a 'N/A'. Your kids are welcome to become atheist. It's there right. It's also the right of Christians to put into practice what they believe.
In your argument you say that your kids have to "keep quiet" about their beliefs (or lack of) in order to avoid persecution. Now your arguing for Christians to "keep quiet"...hmmm, something doesn't quite add up.
Are you helping to support your sons' extra curricular activities? If so, let's remove all that outside support (which mostly comes from faith-based organizations).
Why don't you work on your sons' "graduation rates" instead of worrying about Ridgeland's overall graduation rate? After all, parents have the most to do with how their children eventually turn out...its not the responsibility of the school system to teach/raise your sons.
What business does Freedom from Religion have in writing a letter to the Walker County school system regarding one complaint about a football team receiving pre-game meals at a church and being encouraged to attend an FCA camp? Please inform me of where in the US Constitution that the 'Freedom from Religion' clause is?
I must be mistaken, but Amendment 1 allows you to practice whatever religion you choose. No one is forcing anything down these kids and by the letter stirring up the liberal-minded minority, they're hurting the support system of one of our community's schools. Without willing volunteers, these players would not have a support structure or place to eat before games.
I don't see the Atheist organizations coming down here to provide pre-game meals. Perhaps they should re-read the Constitution and evaluate their 'intolerant' positions.
I'll be at my favorite restaurant today praying before my meal...and they're welcome to write a letter to me, or the business I'm in, or the county government that I'm in informing them that praying before my meal offends their organization. That's okay because their Freedom From Religion organization is offensive to me.
And in the end, what's in it for them anyways? Why stir up this trouble? Because when you die, what's the point right? Wouldn't it just be easier to ignore all of us 'simple-minded' religious folk?