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Wednesday, we ran a follow-up storyto last year's controversy about prayer at Houston County's graduation ceremonies.

Superintendent Robins Hines agreed to do an interview with 13WMAZ on the issue.

It was his first since the Freedom From Religion Foundation, filed a complaint with the district about religious themes at graduation last year.

The issue struck a chord with many of you. You've left more than 400 comments about this on our Facebook page.

Many of you have also called the school board, sent emails or left messages for Robin Hines.

After the interview aired, Hines told us our story was unbalanced and didn't fully represent his views.

We reviewed our stories on-air and on-line, and agree the story deserves clarification.

Hines said his main point was this: "As far as religion is concerned, as actors of the state, we're mandated to be religion neutral. That's what our school system intends to do."

In other words, Houston County Schools will follow federal law.

In 1962, the Supreme Court stated that school-sponsored prayer violates the First Amendment.

In past years, Hines admitted the ceremonies violated the law by including prayers and gospel music.

He called that "wrong." He says going forward, Houston County will do it the "right" way.

Last year's controversyplayed a role in the change of policy, but Hines denied it's a direct response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's complaints. In the interview, Hines referred to the organization only when asked about it by our reporter.

The reporter asked, "Would you like for them to contact you, or is that something you don't even think about?"

Hines replied, "I don't think about that. That's not even in my thought process."

We also omitted this from Hines. He said that students themselves are entitled to freedom of expression. Individuals will still be able to pray or include religious references in their graduation speeches, if they choose.

Hines said, "The students involved in that will certainly be able to express themselves in any way they see fit."

He emphasized that their graduation ceremonies are focused on honoring student achievement.

Last night's story also stated that "several Houston families" complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation about last year's graduation ceremony.The complaint was actually filed by a North Carolina man attending his niece's graduation here.

In your on-line comments to us, many of you questioned the identity and purpose of the FFRF. We defined them as a religious skeptics group.

According to their website, they are "freethinkers", who protect the separation of church and state and educate the public on what it calls "non-theism".

Their website prominently bears the logo of the Atheist Alliance International, and states that they are members.

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