- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia high school is kicking off its football season with a moment of silence rather than its traditional pregame invocation for the first time in decades.

The Courier Herald of Dublin reports (https://bit.ly/1CtQGUQ) that the Laurens County school board made the decision to remove any official ties to prayer before football games at West Laurens High School to settle a complaint by a Washington-based group. The school opens its season against Thomasville on Friday night.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the board a letter in May saying the school had violated the Constitution by broadcasting a prayer on its stadium’s public address system before games.

School Superintendent Juliann Alligood said the board decided to replace the invocation with a moment of silence after consulting with its attorney.

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Information from: The Courier Herald, https://www.courier-herald.com

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