Fla. School Officials Found Not Guilty for Praying

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A Florida principal and athletic director will not face criminal charges for their prayer at a school-related event, a judge ruled Thursday.

Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman were facing penalty after they prayed at a fundraiser with private donors for the Pace High School athletic program near Pensacola, Fla. No students were present.

Judge M. Case Rodgers found the men not guilty, saying the prayer seemed spontaneous and not intended to break any laws.

Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes appeared on Thursday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to give his analysis on the issue.

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They were accused of violating a federal court order banning school officials from leading prayers at school events. The two school leaders could've faced a $5,000 fine, six months in prison, and the loss of their retirement benefits.

American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Benjamin Stevenson said the issue was mainly whether school officials can get away with violating a court order than it is prayer.

More than 30 members of Congress signed a letter supporting Lay and Freeman which said, "We are standing with you in prayer."

U.S. Congressman Randy Forbes, R-Va., took to the floor of the House to bring attention to the case, saying it could "lead to the criminalization of prayer in America."

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