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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A federal appeals court had ruled against a New Jersey football coach in a case involving team prayers. East Brunswick High School coach Marcus Borden had challenged the school district’s policy prohibiting him from participating in those prayers. He contended in a lawsuit that the policy violated his rights to free speech and freedom of association. In Tuesday’s ruling, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that even though he wasn’t leading the prayers, Borden’s actions � which included bowing his head or kneeling � violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment. The decision reverses a lower court ruling that had found the school district’s policy was unconstitutional.

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