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Missouri attorney general backs high school football coach's team prayer

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt
Posted at 8:59 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 21:59:29-05

CAMERON, Mo. — Missouri's Republican attorney general is defending a local high school football coach who is under fire for allegedly leading students in prayer.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint against the Cameron R-1 School District.

The national association of atheists and agnostics claims that the coach violated the U.S. Constitution by leading students in prayer before and after games.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the First Amendment protects students' right to pray, but the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled even student-led prayer isn't permissible over the PA system at public school athletic events.