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Coach takes team prayer case to Supreme Court

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A high school football coach from New Jersey is taking his team prayer lawsuit to the nation's highest court.

East Brunswick High School football coach Marcus Borden has asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling from the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in April. The appeals panel reversed a 2006 ruling that allowed Borden to silently bow his head and "take a knee" with players as the team prayed.

The appeals court judges upheld the school board policy barring school staff from joining in student-led prayer, but differed on what exactly the coach should do when his team prays.

One judge said the coach's former practice of leading team prayers made his head-bowing seem inappropriate as an endorsement of religion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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