published Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Freedom From Religion Foundation targets prayers in South Pittsburg pre-game practice

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    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling South Pittsburg High School’s pre-game prayer service, dubbed “Meet Me at the 50,” unconstitutional.
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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling South Pittsburg High School’s pre-game prayer service, dubbed “Meet Me at the 50,” unconstitutional.

Rebecca Markert, senior staff attorney for the national state/church watchdog, said “Meet Me at the 50” continues an unconstitutional practice that “must be discontinued immediately,” according to a news release from the organization.

The issue came up last year when the foundation was contacted with a complaint about the high school using its public address system to issue pre-game prayers at football games.

The foundation said in its release that it will not give the name of the complainant. Marion County Schools Superintendent Mark Griffith could not immediately be reached for comment.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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