Missouri attorney general backs high school football prayer

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CAMERON, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican attorney general is defending a local high school football coach who is under fire for allegedly leading students in prayer.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint against the Cameron R-1 School District.

The national association of atheists and agnostics claims that the coach violated the U.S. Constitution by leading students in prayer before and after games.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the First Amendment protects students’ right to pray.

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