Too Much Like A Prayer?

Flouting a Supreme Court ban on the practice, football fans appeal to the Lord on game day

Whether it's the snap of a football or an act of civil disobedience, the execution is in the timing. Ten minutes before the big game in Forest City, N.C., pastor Danny Jones waits ever so patiently in the press box at Chase High School. As echoes of "the home of the brave" fade away, a local radio broadcaster passes him the microphone. In the stands below, Trojan fans who have brought radios and boom boxes in anticipation of this moment tune in and turn up the volume. "Father in heaven, please bless the game," Jones intones. "Give us safety; give us...

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