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Controversial prayer caravan visits school campuses

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Superintendent Billy Coleman joined the caravan at Holly Pond High School. Superintendent Billy Coleman joined the caravan at Holly Pond High School.
Many gathered along the street for the prayer caravan. Many gathered along the street for the prayer caravan.

The prayer caravan in Cullman County began at 8 a.m. Saturday, despite much controversy surrounding the event.

Cullman County Superintendent Billy Coleman and a group of people went from school to school to pray for students. Coleman said he expected over 2,000 participants to attend, with the group growing in numbers at each new stop.

Many people said they wanted to make a statement and stand up to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who claimed that the event violates separation of church and state. Others said they were simply there to pray for the schools and the children that will walk through their front doors later this month.

The caravan was led by more than a dozen motorcycles. At each school, different community members and church leaders led the assembled group in prayer or song. No disruptions or protests were witnessed at any meeting point.

Governor Bentley said he supports Coleman and the prayer caravan. Coleman said he was there as a community member, not as a school leader. "I'm just one of a thousand, 1,500 people," said Coleman. "It's just an honor to be able to do that."

Spokespersons for the FFRF said they would send people to observe the prayer caravan. There was no word provided at the event if foundation officials had observed any objectionable content.

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