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July 6, 2018

Fox News Opinion by Todd Starnes: Originally published July 6, 2018

Konnor McKay spent his growing up years in Waldron, Arkansas. He attended Waldron High School and played on the football team – the Bulldogs.

McKay did not stray too far from home after he graduated. He entered the ministry and at the age of 21 he became pastor of the Waldron Pentecostal Church of God.

So it was not all that unusual when the head coach of the Waldron High School football team invited the young preacher and former team member to deliver a devotional on June 13 at a regional summer football camp.

“I was invited to share an encouraging word with the football team,” McKay said on “The Todd Starnes Radio Show.” “I used Scripture and shared a message about teamwork – how to work together in life.”

His remarks were so inspirational that the local newspaper wrote a brief report and published a photograph of the young preacher addressing the players.

But the Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, was not so complimentary of McKay’s remarks.

First Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, is representing McKay.

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