Here’s something I wasn’t expecting to read in Time magazine:
What is it about football coaches that makes them more susceptible to violate the First Amendment?
Christian writer Dannah Gresh has identified a major problem with church: It turns out church is just too damn dangerous.
You see, some women dress provocatively… and some husbands just can’t deal with it… So Gresh says women are 100% to blame.
Todd Starnes must be running out of Christian martyr stories because he’s grasping at straws in his latest tale.
Last April, Brandon Jenkins applied to get into a Radiation Therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County. The program was competitive, so he had to do an in-person interview. Unfortunately, even after that, they didn’t accept him.
To no one’s surprise, Starnes and conservative David French have concluded that Jenkins’ faith is to blame for the rejection. The American Center for Law and Justice (a Christian advocacy group) has already filed a lawsuit against the school.
I really don’t understand how anyone could look at the situation taking place on the Clemson University football team — where the coach’s Christianity is allowed to run rampant and players are pressured to attend religious events even if it’s outside of practice — and think it’s okay.
My theory is that they don’t think it’s a big deal because it’s the faith of the majority. “Everyone” in South Carolina is Christian, so what’s the big deal if it seeps onto the football field?
But that’s precisely the problem. Everyone on the team, Coach Dabo Swinney included, can practice their faith as they wish, but when you’re in uniform representing a public university, there’s no room for proselytizing. No non-Christian player should have to choose between pretending to be religious to curry favor with the coach and being true to their own beliefs. There’s plenty of opportunity to hold religious events off the field — so why not just leave it there?. (I’d say the same thing if we were talking about an atheist coach pressuring players to stop believing in God. As if that would ever happen.)
Ellen Meny wrote an article for The Tiger News, the school’s newspaper, that’s downright hilarious. Meny wants to say that there’s no proselytizing problem and groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation are making a big deal out of nothing: