NASHVILLE (WATE) - School superintendents across the state received letters from the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee Friday about school-sponsored prayer in numerous public school football programs.
The group says its letter provides information on the First Amendment requirement that public schools refrain from endorsement of religion.
The letter explains that the United States Supreme Court held in Lee v. Weisman that school faculty, coaches, administrators and invited clergy may not lead students in prayer or conduct a prayer during a school event.
The letter also indicates permitting a student body to vote at the beginning of the school year on whether to have prayers before football games also violates the Establishment Clause.
ACLU-TN Executive Director Hedy Weinberg urged school superintendents to share the letter with principals and contact ACLU-TN with any questions they may have.