Anti-prayer group praises DeSoto Schools

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has applauded the DeSoto County school district for responding promptly to a call to halt prayers over the public address system at football games and other school functions.

The Commercial Appeal reports the Madison, Wis.-based organization, which has challenged prayers in other districts around the country, had complained by letter to school district officials that Supreme Court decisions prohibiting school-sponsored prayer were being violated.

In response, the school board said on Monday that the system would enforce an existing policy prohibiting use of the public address system to broadcast prayers before football games.

The first home games of the season were last Friday at Lake Cormorant and DeSoto Central high schools, and they did not include pregame prayers over the public address speakers.