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Displays of Christian faith under attack

Is Christianity under attack in the United States?

It is well-documented the physical attacks on Christians in the Middle East by ISIS, but are there attacks of the Christian faith in the U.S.? Certainly not to the extreme that is happening in Syria, Nigeria and other nations far from the U.S. border, but there seems to be plenty of opposition to Christian faith in the USA.

And there’s plenty of examples right here in Mississippi. It has been well-documented the allegations of school violations allowing school prayer at Rankin County Schools.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed charges on behalf of a student a few times over the last couple of years claiming the school has violated the separation of church and state with school prayer being allowed during school functions.

And now, this same organization is going after the city of Collins for its Christian-based Christmas display in a public park. The organization filed a complaint on behalf of a resident that the display violates the constitutionality of separation of church and state.

Thousands of residents rallied this week in opposition to removing the Christian displays in the park. The matter is likely to end up in a court of law.

Then there’s the high school football coach in Washington state who has for years practiced the tradition of praying with his players at mid-field following each football game. Apparently someone was offended by the traditional prayer and contacted the school district who suspended the coach because he continued to pray with his team.

Meanwhile, a suburban Phoenix high school football player who says he was suspended for praising God will get to play in his team’s playoff game.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association reversed 17-year-old Pedro Banda’s one-game suspension Tuesday, allowing him to participate in the team’s first playoff appearance in 21 years.

A senior at Dysart High School in El Mirage, Banda was ejected Friday at a game in Glendale after he scored a touchdown and pointed to the sky in the end zone.

The teen says he wasn’t taunting but thanking God.

It seems to me there is a coordinated persecution of Christians in our nation as folks publicly display their faith.

Rob Sigler is managing editor of the Oxford EAGLE. Contact him at rob.sigler@oxfordeagle.com.