Foundation Demands Cessation of Pre-Game Prayer

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The superintendent of Trussville City Schools has received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation complaining about a pre-game prayer that was broadcast at a recent home football game at Hewitt-Trussville High School.

In the letter, attorney Christopher Line cited Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, a Supreme Court ruling from 2000 that outlawed even student-initiated prayers from being made over a loudspeaker at public school events.

"Public school events must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students," Line wrote, demanding that the district “take immediate action to end the practice of broadcasting prayer over the loudspeaker at football games."

According to Alabama Living, the foundation was asked to address the issue by a concerned parent. Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill has not yet provided a commentary on the school’s policy or returned a response to Line’s letter.

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