Group asks Cullman schools to stop prayer caravan

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CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A group has sent a complaint to Cullman County Schools over a prayer caravan set for early August, claiming the district forcing religion on students.

The Cullman Times reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1aNHFe7 ) the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Superintendent Billy Coleman this week asking that he cancel the Aug. 10 event, which involves a short prayer at each school campus before the school year starts.

The group calls the event a violation of the separation of church and state and claims the system is breaking the law by endorsing a religious event.

Coleman told the newspaper the event will continue as planned, calling it unsponsored and voluntary.

Coleman, a Christian pastor before being elected superintendent, began the event shortly after he took office three years ago.

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Information from: The Cullman Times, http://www.cullmantimes.com





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