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Tennessee High School Football Team Defies County by Leading Fans in Prayer

A Tennessee high school football team wowed the internet last week when they defied county orders by leading fans in a postgame prayer.

Last week, district employees in Putnam County, Tennessee, were ordered not to lead students in prayer, which prompted outrage from the community.

“The case law not allowing prayer or proselytizing is clear. Courts have consistently ruled that prayer and proselytizing can not be sponsored by schools or school personnel,” a Putnam County Schools spokesman told WZTV-TV in Nashville.

The rule extended to staffers, teachers, and even coaches, according to Western Journal

“As a district, we absolutely understand the importance of prayer in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff members,” the spokesperson elaborated. “We support the right of students to participate in and lead spontaneous prayers. That right is and will continue to be protected.

“We also understand that faculty and staff members can not lead or participate in the spontaneous student-led prayers,” they added.

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