Magazine article Insight on the News

Georgia Preacher Won't Put Prayer before Games

Magazine article Insight on the News

Georgia Preacher Won't Put Prayer before Games

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It will take more than a Supreme Court decision to stop prayer at high-school football games so long as the Rev. Curtis Turner has breath in his body. Last fall, the Georgia pastor led tens of thousands of football fans to join in mass recitations of the Lord's Prayer before high-school games, in defiance of a 6-3 Supreme Court ruling that found student-organized prayer at school sporting events to be a violation of the First Amendment.

"Everywhere I've been, it's been an overwhelming response," says Turner, pastor of the New Testament Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of Ellenwood, Ga. "We're still a praying nation."

Appalled by the Supreme Court decision, Turner joined the Asheville, N.C.-based "We Still Pray" movement, which advocates returning prayer to America's public life. His first football-game appearance, at Jonesboro High School not far from his church, resulted in some 80 percent of the crowd of 3,000 joining in prayer, by his estimate. TV stations and national Christian-radio talk shows took notice, and he since has taken his prayer campaign as far as Dallas. …

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