MEDFORD, OR – Little League officials in Medford, Oregon, have voted to keep a coach who led his team in prayer and remove a board member who complained about it.
Medford National Little League President Kathy Meyer told the Mail Tribune over the weekend that the board is “100 percent” behind coach Chris Palmer.
Mike E. Miles had pulled his 10-year-old daughter from the Indians team, complaining that Palmer forced religion on the kids by leading them in prayer and quoting Bible verses. Palmer said no one was forced to join in the prayers, which were very brief.
A spokesman for the National Little League says the issue of prayer is left to local boards.
Miles acknowledged that he and Palmer had a disagreement over playing strategy, including a play Miles taught the team which featured a player pretending to be hurt.