Washington D.C. group calls for area schools to stop prayer

Washington D.C. group calls for Loudon, Lenoir City schools to stop prayer

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LOUDON (WATE) - A Washington D.C. group is again calling on officials in Loudon County and Lenoir City to stop the practice of saying prayers before school board meetings.

The group Americans United for Separation of Church and State posted a video to YouTube showing what it says is a local pastor praying before a recent Lenor City School board meeting.

The school system agreed in March following a previous complaint to replace prayer at meetings with a moment of silence.

Americans United says the board cannot evade the issue by allowing someone else to pray besides a school official.

Americans United also sent a follow-up letter to the Loudon County School Board.

The group says the board still hasn't responded in the five months since its previous request to stop pre-meeting prayers.

Americans United says if it doesn't get a response the group will "consider further action."

Spokesperson for both school systems declined to comment on the matter. A spokesperson for Lenoir City Schools says they have not yet received the letter. Loudon County Schools has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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