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Community reacts after complaint over prayer at football games

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Prayer at high school football games is in jeopardy in the Lauderdale County School District.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint on behalf of a citizen living in the area. The

The foundation wrote two letters to the school district. The complaints refer to prayers led before athletic events and all other school sponsored events.

Many people are very upset about the mere thought of stopping prayers before the football games or really any athletic event, especially those in the Killen community.

Parents and students at Brooks High School are upset about the complaints.  WAFF 48 News spoke to one mother Wednesday who said she was upset to hear that one organization is trying to control what a community can and cannot do.

"It's just somebody, it's a few trying to control the mass, it's a very few people that are trying to dictate what everyone else does," said Alisha Michael.

"We want to bless our players we want to protect our players, our band members, our fans, we want their safety and we plan on praying for that safety at the beginning of each ball game," added Michael.

A Facebook group has started in support of prayer at the Brooks High School football games.  

The Facebook group is called [The Brooks Lions Will Pray].

In less than 24 hours the group has gone from 3 to more than 2,600 members.

"We're gonna fight this all the way through. I know there's a lot of us standing behind it and we will give it our all as long as it takes," said Michael.

They plan to fight even if the school system puts a ban on pre-game prayer.

"We will all unite in the lords prayer we already discussed this we will not have a moment of silence," said Michael. 

The group has also created t-shirts to support their cause.

WAFF 48 News reached out to Jeremy Green, the man who made the complaint to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, he gave us this statement.

"I would never try to take away anyone's right to pray, and I will continue to support the religious freedom of everyone, but there are certain times and places where sectarian prayer is inappropriate. Student or faculty led prayer, when endorsed by or sponsored by a public school is unconstitutional and illegal for good reason. This protects the rights of the members of all religions, and the non-religious alike," said Green.

Wednesday night a group of people met to pray for the continued prayer at Brooks High School football games.

"Tonight's message is about unity. We are coming together to show our rights and they shouldn't be taken away and we will stand together," said Alisha Michael.

"In our schools we all have a moment of silence. It doesn't matter who you pray to or what you pray for. It's your moment of silence for whatever you want. It's not directed to our god or any other god. It's whatever you believe in," said Trey Snelling.

 Alisha and Trey helped organize Wednesday night's prayer.

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