Cullman County School Superintendent Billy Coleman

Greg Garrison

Cullman County's school superintendent says he's not afraid of opposition to a religious event he is sponsoring at county schools.

   Billy Coleman held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the controversy over a "prayer caravan" that's planned at county schools on Aug. 10. Christians will gather on campuses to pray for the school year.

   Coleman is a Christian evangelist, and he says he's organizing the event at schools as a private citizen, not as the county superintendent. He says he even took a day off from work to discuss the caravan.

An Alabama school superintendent says he's scheduled a news conference to address controversy surrounding a "prayer caravan" event that's drawn complaints from an atheist group.

   Cullman County School Superintendent Billy Coleman is also a pastor, and he has helped promote the event. But he denies that the school system is sponsoring the Aug. 10 event.

   The Cullman Times reports ( that Coleman has called a news conference for 2 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the matter.