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ACLU concerned over prayers at TN high school football games

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

As high school stadiums across Middle Tennessee fill up for another night of Friday football, there's one problem the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee wants to address.

The ACLU says over the past several weeks, it has received a number of reports that public schools are sponsoring prayers at their football games.

That is unconstitutional, the ACLU says, and the group is now calling on superintendents to put a stop to it.

The ACLU has sent letters to more than 130 school districts across the state to remind them of the laws, and ask that they protect religious freedom for the students, families and athletes.

"The minute you have public schools choosing to set aside time to allow religious activities to take place at those designated events, then you are jeopardizing their religious freedom," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee.

The ACLU says there is no way to really penalize the schools and that it's not the intent of the letters.

Instead, the organization wants to remind schools of the religious freedoms in the Constitution.

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