After Oneida High School found out they had to drop the prayer from their football games, many in the community felt they were missing something. The change came after pressure and a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, or ACLU, according to WBIR.
One group couldn’t let that stand. That group has one of the biggest voices during a football game. It’s the cheerleading squad.
A couple of years ago, the ACLU asked schools to stop announcing prayers over the PA, but Oneida bucked the order and kept the prayer in the pre-game.
That went on until this season. The school started feeling pressure from outside groups to end that religious tradition, so they replaced it with a moment of silence.
Asia Canada is a cheerleader for Oneida. She and her squad felt a moment of silence wasn’t enough, so they took action.
“He called for the moment of silence and I started off, ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ and everyone joined in,” said Canada.