If You Attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville…

Now that the public Christian prayers before home football games have been stopped at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, some locals are worrying that the church/state separationistas will go after the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (a.k.a. The Home That Peyton Manning Built) for doing the same thing:

A prayer takes place before a football game at Neyland Stadium in 2011 (Adam Brimer – News Sentinel)

“We wouldn’t have the capability to go searching for these things, so unless someone local contacts us, we don’t go seeking violations,” said Freedom From Religion Foundation staff attorney Stephanie Schmitt.

Schmitt says right now they have no complaints from anyone in Knoxville.

UT officials in Knoxville did not want to do an interview about this topic, but say there is no discussion currently in stopping public prayers at football games.

Freedom From Religion Foundation officials say unless they have a local person who contacts them then there is no way legally they can pursue a case.

The UTK Secular Student Alliance is considering filing a complaint — I hope they do. All they need to do is get the ball rolling. In Chattanooga, the mere threat of a lawsuit was enough for the school to change their ways since they knew what they were doing was illegal.


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