Prayer ban at UT-Chattanooga worries UT-Knoxville students


6 News Reporter

Sep 11, 2012


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some students at the University of Tennessee are ready to fight for their right to pray at the start of football games.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga officials banned public prayer before football games after receiving a complaint. Now some Knoxville student fear the same kind of ban will be put in place at Neyland Stadium.

 The prayer complaint sent to school officials in Chattanooga came from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The organization says a local person complained in May about prayer at games. . . .

"We wouldn't have the capability to go searching for these things, so unless someone local contacts us, we don't go seeking violations," said Freedom From Religion Foundation staff attorney Stephanie Schmitt.

Freedom From Religion Foundation officials say unless they have a local person who contacts them then there is no way legally they can pursue a case. . . .

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