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School Superintendent Plans 'Prayer Caravan' for Schools, Draws Protest
Billy Coleman, superintendent of Cullman County Schools in Alabama, has organized a school prayer event, but claims it is not school-sponsored because he organized it, not the school board.
During the planned "prayer caravan" event, people in the community will gather at the district's schools to pray.
"It's not a school-sponsored event," Coleman told The Christian Post. "I helped initiate it ... Our school board didn't sponsor it, so it's kind of hard for them to call it off."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Coleman on July 22 stating the prayer caravan is school-sponsored and is an illegal government endorsement of religion.
"I know we don't want to force our faith on anybody else," Coleman said. "I mean, we don't. We work hard not to do that. But it just seems to me that going to the school voluntarily on a Saturday and praying for the kids and the teachers by people who think that prayer makes a difference, they're exercising their right to assemble and their right to free expression."
Coleman, a former pastor, pulled the prayer caravan schedule from the Cullman County Schools website, but not before a screenshot was made (below).
The prayer caravan, which will be in its third year, arrives on August 10 and will visit 14 schools throughout the day.
Source: The Christian Post