The Anchorage Baptist Temple’s school was told to stop public prayer at the state’s wrestling tournament or lose its ability to play host, as it has previously done for seven years.
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An attendee of the 2013 event complained to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which then told the Alaska School Activities Association that public entities could not sanction prayer at a school extracurricular event.
When faced with the decision to stop praying or lose its ability to host the event, the Anchorage Baptist Temple stood firm. “That’s who we are,” said Tom Cobaugh, the administrator of the private Anchorage Christian Schools. Removing the prayer “was a show stopper for us.”