SALE CREEK,TN, (WDEF)-Pastor Alan Stewart admits he mentioned god when giving a speech at Sale Creek High
during a 9/11 Memorial service.
"Because it was a day in American History that our people came together and prayed across the land, they prayed not only in churches, they prayed in the market place, street corners and civil governments"
However lawyers for the national freedom for religion foundation say Sale Creek middle and high school have broken rules in the constitution.
Attorney Andrew Seidel,"Essentially preaching a sermon to the children you know he quoted Luke 13:4 and the power of prayer, Jesus's response to 9/11, there's not much grey area here there's clearly a religious message and it's at a school sponsored event, therefore unconstitutional"
Stewart says he focused on the historical significance of the day more so than faith.
Pastor Stewart added that everyone should be allowed to express their admiration for god and their faith.
"That no one should be coerced to pray and no one should be forbidden to pray that's what our founding father stood for and that's what the constitution and all the amendments have stood for, for all these years"A blog
by Florida publicist Rebeca Seitz about the event and the complaint made has attracted 7000 views in recent days.
Lawyers for the school did not return our calls but Principal Davidson told News 12 off camera that he appreciates the role the pastor plays in the community.
The event was also optional for students of Sale Creek Middle and High Schools.The Freedom From Religion Foundation
say they are willing to work with the school and it's lawyers to help with the complaint made Iincluding work shops with the teachers.