MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - First it was Mid-South high school football games, now it's city council meetings. The same group that got DeSoto County School District to stop public prayers before kick-off now has its sights on the Memphis City Council.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation announced it planned to sue Memphis to stop the city council's long-held practice of starting its council meetings with a prayer.
"If you don't believe in the power of prayer how can someone else praying affect you," said council member Janis Fullilove.
The atheist group says the city council is violating the separation of church and state, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled such prayers are ok.
"I don't know what their legal theory is, if there is something special or different about Memphis City Council prayer that would make it a different analysis, I'm not aware of it," said Steve Mulroy, a professor in the University of Memphis Law School.
Last year, the Foundation got Desoto County Schools to stop public prayers before football games. It also fought with the West Tennessee town of Whiteville about crosses on a city water tower.
"I pray all the time, in fact I am praying right now for those pour souls who have no idea what they are doing because they are going to have to answer to the most high one day," Fullilove said.
The Foundation says it could file its law suit as early as this week.