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Athletics association approves new prayer policy for events

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The association that oversees high school activities, including athletics, in Oklahoma has adopted a new policy for playoff contests that allows a moment of silence before games and competitions.
 
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt the new policy after concerns were raised about whether prayer is allowed before games.
 
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a formal opinion last month that the association's policy prohibiting public prayer at playoff events was overly broad.
 
The new policy applies only to playoff contests, including games, and other competitions like music, speech and debate.
 
Slaughterville Republican Rep. Bobby Cleveland is an outspoken critic of the OSSAA and requested Pruitt's opinion. Cleveland said after the meeting he thought the moment of silence was a fair compromise.
 

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