UT officials: prayers don’t violate Constitution

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov. 1, 2014 (Image 1)
JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov. 1, 2014 (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee officials say prayer before football games at Neyland Stadium does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, the university is preparing a formal response to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

University spokeswoman Margie Nichols said Tuesday the administration believes there is no reason to halt the tradition of a pre-kickoff invocation.

The complaint letter from the Madison, Wis., atheist group arrived last week. An invocation was offered Saturday night before UT's game against Florida.

The letter from the group points that UT-Chattanooga decided last week to stop its use of pregame prayer. Chattanooga officials decided to observe a moment of silence instead of having a spoken prayer before its home football games.

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