Bell County school officials are showing respect for both the taxpayer's dollar and the law of the land by ending public prayers before football games.
After receiving a complaint about the tradition of a Christian minister leading a pre-game prayer over the public-address system, school officials sought legal advice and learned the district would lose a lawsuit if challenged on the issue.
A couple of nearby county governments have been stuck with $400,000 in court-ordered fees because of their First Amendment violations.
It would be a shame to divert resources for educating Bell County's young people into a futile legal fight.
More important, the school district is upholding a bedrock principle of American freedom.
The constitutional guarantee that prevents arms of government, such as public schools, from imposing prayer on the public also prevents government from interfering in the rights of individuals to practice (or not) religion any way they choose. (So, go ahead, bow your head and say your own pre-game prayer.)
Critics of the decision insist a minority of non-believers shouldn't be able to force this change on the majority who like the pre-game prayer.
That's the very same doctrine on which totalitarian theocracies such as Iran are built and under which countries such as Pakistan encourage the legal persecution of the Christian minority.
By upholding the Constitution and respecting the rights of the minority, Bell County educators are teaching by example.