(Tennessean) A secular group has sent letters to the city and county school boards in Loudon County, demanding an end to invocations offered at board meetings.
American United, a Washington organization whose website says it is dedicated to separation of church and state, contends the Loudon County and Lenoir City school boards are violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by allowing prayer.
“These communities are reluctant to follow our advice, so our lawyers are applying a little more pressure,” Rob Boston, senior policy analyst at Americans United, told The Knoxville News Sentinel.
Lenoir City school board Chairwoman Rosemary Quillen said her members are doing nothing wrong.
“None of the school board members are praying,” Quillen said.
In its letter to the board, the separation group said letting others pray sidesteps the issue.
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