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Coach Takes Kids to Be Baptized Without Parent Permission

By jeannesager |

baptismA high school football coach who took his players to a Baptist revival – then encouraged them to be dunked in the water and officially “baptized” – has gotten parents mad, but not his school district.

The Kentucky district has made public its faith in Coach Scott Mooney, who got parental permission for a trip to “see a motivational speaker,” even though one parent says they weren’t told it would be a religious speaker . . . or that their kid would be baptized.

So why is the school district taking the risk? Because other parents say they knew full well it was a trip to a revival. . . and though there are few real statistics for the number of impromptu baptisms held at revivals, some religious officials would put the number at anywhere from a third to half of all baptisms performed. The pastor of the church claims no baptisms were planned, although nine of the kids from the trip of twenty were submerged in the water and blessed.

The district has admitted no wrongdoing – even in allowing Mooney to use the bus, which was driven by a volunteer with the gas donated.  The latter seems stranger still than the idea that parents would let their kid go see a motivational speaker without finding out what the speech was about. Why is a school district allowing a volunteer to drive its bus? Are volunteers now on the school’s insurance policy?

Puts other speeches to kids in perspective, doesn’t it?

Image: Mike Baird via Flickr

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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4 thoughts on “Coach Takes Kids to Be Baptized Without Parent Permission

  1. jenny tries too hard says:


  2. Marj says:

    Religious “field trips” in a school setting increase the religious peer pressure already present in school. You don’t want to get baptised? Are you a satanist? Are you against God? You’re going to HELL! Yeah, those are all things I heard in school myself as a confused teen just trying to figure out this whole religion thing. Bringing an authority figure (coach) to back up the pressure is exactly why religion does not belong in schools. It encourages abuse of any student who disagrees with the crowd, whether they are atheists, Muslims or simply a different brand of Christian than the majority.

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  4. Manjari says:

    I would have been SO pissed.

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