DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - Praying at high school football games in DeSoto County, Mississippi led to a fire-storm of controversy and a ban on prayer.
Now, that push to pray is getting a major boost after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is going on the record, saying he thinks there is a place for prayer in public schools.
The Governor's stance is getting rave reviews in the Mid-South, but in Wisconsin, it is getting a far different reaction.
The head of the Freedom From Religion Foundation called Governor Phil Bryant "highly ignorant" for these comments.
Freedom From Religion is the group that caused an uproar when it threatened to sue the DeSoto County School District over prayers.
"I agree with having prayer in school, but the way society is that's not going to happen," said David Greganti, a parent of two school-age children.
"It totally could be a win-win," said Leigh Harris of DeSoto County 4 Prayer, a group that mobilized after Freedom From Religion threatened to sue.
"I think it would be wonderful to have a moment of silence so people that believe in Jesus Christ or believe in other Gods or even no God at all could have that time to either think of their next class or pray to Jesus to help with whatever they are going through," said Harris.
Bryant says he's not prepared to take legal action, but thinks some form of non-denominational prayer at the start of school is possible.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it will draft a letter to Governor Bryant to remind him of current law.