Alabama School District Drops Pregame Prayer

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A Northern Alabama school superintendent will no longer allow pregame prayers before high school football games.

The Arab City School District of Arab, Ala., has opened its high school football games with a tradition of prayer for almost a decade. School officials say they will replace it with a moment of silence.

The reversal comes after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation claimed a parent was upset about the policy.

Arab City Schools Superintendent John Mullins said school officials don't know who has been offended, and he apologized if they've offended anyone.

The change in the policy has some parents saying they will move to fight any prayer ban.

"As a community we need to stand up for what's right," Marbury parent Vicki Johnson told Montgomery television station WAKA.

The television station also reported that some people they spoke with said they plan to stand and say the Lord's Prayer at the start of each Arab football game.

School districts in Mississippi and Kentucky recently dropped their pregame prayers after threats from the atheist group.

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