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The letter demanded the Cullman County Board of Education to take action by August 7th The letter demanded the Cullman County Board of Education to take action by August 7th
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Cullman County, AL (WAFF) -

Officials with the Freedom From Religion Foundation are giving school leaders in Cullman a little more than a week to cancel their prayer caravan.  

A letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation went out Tuesday to the Cullman County Board of Education demanding action by August 7th. A prayer caravan, an event where community members go from school to school to say a prayer, was scheduled for August 10th.

The letter dated for Tuesday, July 30th, stated that since the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent their initial letter, other families have reported more constitutional problems that violate their First Amendment rights with Cullman County Schools, things like praying at Cullman County Schools and events, Cullman County Schools hosting events in churches and more.

The letter goes on to say the FFRF appreciates the Superintendent, Billy Coleman removing the prayer caravan information from the districts website and Facebook page, but removing it is not enough and they want it canceled.  

The letter also says that Cullman County Schools has a lot of work to do to conform to the First Amendment of United States Constitution. Specifically, it should: 

Cancel the prayer caravan 

Inform all employees that organized prayer in school or at school events is unconstitutional and opens Cullman County Schools (CCS) to legal liability. 

Remove any and all special access preachers and other religious leaders have to CCS. 

Cancel or reschedule any CCS events set to be held in a house of worship.  

The letter also says if Superintendent Coleman wishes to pray for the schools at church or home, that's fine, but they don't want him using his title or power to promote religion. Members of Cullman County schools have yet to comment to the media regarding the latest letter.

You can read the letter from Freedom From Religion Foundation here: http://bit.ly/16BE0Nh

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