GOP Chairman Accuses ACLU of Scare Tactics

State Republican Party Chairman Chris Devany is accusing the American Civil Liberties Union-Tennessee of using “scare tactics” to “intimidate” Tennessee public schools on the issue of prayer at high school football games. Last week, the ACLU-Tennessee sent a letter to school superintendents warning about reports of “school-sponsored prayer in numerous” football programs, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. In his own letter to superintendents, Devany charges that the ACLU missed a basic principle of the First Amendment and misrepresented a point in the U. S Supreme Court case Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe concerning prayer in public schools.