10.27.05

Seperating Church, State and The Eagles

Posted in Gridiron, Lower Education, Religion at 1:20 pm by

From the Associated Press :

The principal of a public high school apologized to parents for allowing a Christian-themed assembly that featured two Philadelphia Eagles players, saying he was misled about what the presentation would cover.

Principal Emmanuel Caulk of Newark High School wrote in a letter that he expected the talk by players Tra Thomas (above) and Thomas Tapeh to focus on “values, choices and challenges that adolescents face in today’s society.”

He said promotional material used the name “Tra Thomas Promotional Tour,” and he did not know Thomas was founder and spokesman for Athletes United In Christ.

A projection of that organization’s logo was shown throughout Tuesday’s assembly, and the athletes urged students to attend an upcoming rally and concert at a Philadelphia-area Christian center.

Thomas said he assumed everyone knew his promotional tour was connected to his organization, but he has heard similar complaints after speaking at other public schools.

“What we’re trying to do is to help the kids make better decisions in life. I guess I understand,” why some people objected, he said, “because you have other religions there. But we’re not preaching to the kids.”

There’s no truth to the rumor, by the way, that newly signed Eagles K Jose Cortez has been asked to speak at Newark High’s Career Day.

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