ACLJ Vows to Fight Back Against Atheist Group Accusing American College Football Teams of Promoting Evangelical Christianity

(PHOTO: REUTERS/MARVIN GENTRY) Mississippi State’s Josh Robinson is tied for the SEC lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. He averages 109.33 yards per game.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/MARVIN GENTRY)
Mississippi State’s Josh Robinson is tied for the SEC lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. He averages 109.33 yards per game.

The American Center for Law and Justice has vowed that it will be fighting back against the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the atheist group that has issued a damning report on American college football teams which it says are promoting evangelical Christianity.

“Here at the ACLJ, we are fighting back. We are preparing comprehensive legal letters to let each of these college football programs know what their constitutional rights are,” the conservative law group said in a statement on Thursday.

“We are fighting the angry atheist attacks on every front. We are standing up for the Constitution and for the religious rights of football players from coast to coast as the new season begins,” it added, linking to a petition in support of its cause seeking to “defend religious freedom” on campuses.

Earlier in August, the FFRF condemned more than 25 public universities for allowing football colleges to impose personal religion on players.

“Only 54 percent of college-aged Americans are Christian and many of the teams investigated have non-Christian players, but 100 percent of the chaplains investigated are promoting Christianity, usually with an Evangelical bent. These chaplains preach religious doctrine, including apparently Creationism, to the athletes,” FFRF said in its statement.

“Chaplains regularly lead the teams in prayer, conduct chapel services, and more. These religious activities are not voluntary, as the universities claim, because, as the report notes, ‘student athletes are uniquely susceptible to coercion from coaches,'” the atheist group adds, noting that its 25-page report took over a year of investigation to put together.

 

The FFRF has further accused Christian coaches and chaplains of “converting football fields into mission fields,” and said that public universities must adopt policies that protect athletes from “unlawful religious coercion.”

 

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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