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August 1, 2013

Cullman school system denies link to "prayer caravan"

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school superintendent denies that the system is sponsoring a "prayer caravan" event that's drawn complaints from an atheist group.

Cullman County School Superintendent Billy Coleman is also a pastor, and he has helped promote the event.

Coleman says his involvement in the religious event is causing confusion, but he denies that the school board itself is involved.

The Cullman Times (http://bit.ly/13ZPOdo ) reports that the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation still opposes the prayer event, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 10.

Christians plan to gather at each Cullman County school that day for prayer sessions before the opening of the academic year.

A lawyer for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Andrew Seidel, says Cullman schools regularly promote religion to students despite laws separating church and state.

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