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Several pastors in Columbus want prayer back in schools

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus radio talk show host and several pastors went before city council Tuesday to get support for putting prayer back in schools.

It's been nearly 50 years since prayer and bible classes were allowed to be taught in schools across the state of Georgia.  Paul Voorhees along with several pastors asked Columbus City Council members to support their efforts to put Bible classes and prayer back in schools.

Voorhees, a local business owner and chaplain says, "We are not asking them to do anything other than give us their blessing and get it on a state ballot, we would like the people of the state of Georgia to vote if they want bible study and prayer in our schools."

Voorhees is leading what he and other pastors call a movement.  "We are going to bring a proposal to the state of Georgia to put it on the ballot and allow local school districts to vote in favor of school prayer and study the Bible in our schools."

A group of more than 20 people made their case before council Tuesday night. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson thanked the group for their initiative and Bibles that they provided for the mayor and council members.

Muscogee County School Board Policy says that teachers and school administrators cannot regulate whether or not students use their designated moment of silence for prayer.

No decision was made but Mayor Tomlinson said she and the council would review the material and then decide whether or not they will extend their support.

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