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Community "Takes a Stand" against Anti-prayer group

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Walker County, GA (WRCB) -- A community comes together to rejoice and sing, and deliver an underlying message of support for a local football coach.

Ridgeland High School's Mark Mariakis has had a target on his back from the Freedom From Religion Foundation after they claimed he forced prayer on football players.

"We want to make sure we are doing the right thing and not breaking any laws and they have done a good job of looking at that and here we are doing what we do," Mariakis says.

A "Stand Firm" rally to keep prayer in the practices and before games sends a strong message to the anit-prayer group who sent rounds of letters requesting it stop.

Once the issue first arose weeks ago several in the community say religion should be reinstated in the school system.

Mariakis says since the initial letter he has received support from a litany of people he's never met.

"It has been a humbling and overwhelming round of support not only for me but from the community and the kids in general," says Mariakis.

Now with a bye week and his focus on what he loves most, Mariakis says he will stand behind his commitment to his team and his community.

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