Break the Chain Jody McCloud's Football Address

Created 4/18/2003 (4/18/2003) The Constitution's provision for separation of church and state is a hotly contested and often misunderstood debate. Tales of students and faculty who publicly lash out at what is perceived as censorship of Christian ideals are very popular, albeit a bit overly dramatic.


This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee, by school Principal, Jody McLoud, on September 1, 2000. I thought it was worth sharing with the world and hope you will forward it to all your friends. It shows clearly just how far this country has gone in the wrong direction.

"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate lifestyle," and if someone is offended, that's OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem.

I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology."

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depict people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment."

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and to ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical. Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except God and His Commandments.

Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.

"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank God and ask Him, in the name of Jesus, to bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.

They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!

The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America - the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under God."

Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise God that His remnant remains!

Celebrate Jesus in 2002!

Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of Me before men, then I will be ashamed of you before My Father."

If you are not ashamed, pass this on, but only if you mean it.

Yes, I do Love God. He is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I will be nothing, but with Him...

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

This is simple . . . if you Love God, and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things He has done for you, send this to some people.

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When Jody McCloud keyed open the mic at the Roane County High School football season opener in 2000, he had no idea the words he was about to speak would become a rallying cry for frustrated Christians everywhere. Someone at the game asked him for a copy of his remarks, and chain letter was born. Since that night, McCloud has heard from "every state in the nation" and has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows.

However, recommends against forwarding the work of another person via e-mail, with or without their permission. E-mail is an unreliable medium and is prone to misinformation. Already, the account of McCloud's address has been altered to make it seem more dramatic. Everything after the close of his quote is the creation of an anonymous author (or authors), and is a romanticized expression of what the author wanted to be the response to McCloud's words not supported by any published accounts.

Many Christian readers have expressed to me that they feel the closing remarks about sending this one if you are not ashamed of God to be downright insulting. The overall impression is that such a preachy closer detracts from the rest of the message. Break this chain.

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