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Albany - Some Georgia lawmakers want to make sure private schools can pray before sporting events, even if they're playing public schools. Now, prayers over public address systems are allowed only when private schools play each other.

Sherwood Christian Academy doesn't play public schools now, but the church's associate pastor says as the school grows it may in the future. He says the bill makes sense because students and fans aren't forced to join in the prayer.

"I think it's so important that we not look at where we are, but what direction we are heading," said Stephen Kendrick, Sherwood Associate Pastor. "If there's constant limiting of an American citizen's freedom of expression of religion, there's a big concern. This is a positive direction."

The bill passed the House overwhelmingly and now heads to the Senate.

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