Cullman County schools

An Alabama school superintendent denies that the system is sponsoring 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.

   Coleman says his involvement in the religious event is causing confusion, but he denies that the school board itself is involved.

A group has sent a complaint to Cullman County Schools over a prayer caravan set for early August, claiming the district forcing religion on students.

The Cullman Times reported Friday ( ) the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Superintendent Billy Coleman this week asking that he cancel the Aug. 10 event, which involves a short prayer at each school campus before the school year starts.