Clemson Football Coach Responds to Complaints About the Religious Nature of His Team… by Not Talking About It

For weeks now, we’ve been talking about the overt religiosity on Clemson University’s football team. They have baptisms after practice and a paid team chaplain. Coach Dabo Swinney has chartered buses to take team members to Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfasts. It’s over the top and completely unconstitutional at a public school.

Now, Swinney has issued an official response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s complaint letter:

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Why is This Public School’s Wrestling Team Promoting the Bible at Every Opportunity?

The wrestling team at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia seems to care more about promoting Jesus than it does providing a welcoming environment for all students.

Specifically, one Bible verse — Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me — is emblazoned all over the place.

On their t-shirts, which they wore during the season:

Atop their school’s gym doors:

Even on their school’s website, where it was listed as the official team motto as recently as February:

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In Downtown Chicago, a Catholic Group’s Easter Display Has Some Godless Company

If were to walk around Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, you might see a giant 14-foot cross and image of Jesus put up by a Christian group:

It’s legal. They requested and received permission to do it.

But that means everyone else gets to join in the fun! Which is why the Metropolitan Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up its own display yesterday:



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Pismo Beach City Council Settles Lawsuit by Stopping Sectarian Prayers at Meetings & Abolishing Chaplain Position

Since 2008, Pismo Beach City Council in California has had explicitly Christian invocation prayers at meetings. In fact, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against them last year, sectarian prayers had been a part of 125 of the previous 126 meetings. The only exception involved the city’s Chaplain Paul Jones reciting the religious Pledge of Allegiance.

This wasn’t just a frivolous matter. Remember: The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the issue of sectarian prayers at city council meetings — that’s how serious it is. The Pismo council members may have gotten away with it if they stuck to a generic “God,” but their goal was to promote Jesus at all costs. (It didn’t help that some of the prayers included David Barton-esque historical revisionism.)

Well, there’s now a happy ending to the story.

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Mayor Tells Atheist He Can’t Have a ‘Reason Station’ in City Hall, but the Christian ‘Prayer Station’ Can Stay

IF you were to walk into the Warren, Michigan city hall, you would see a Prayer Center, a kiosk of sorts with pamphlets about God, manned by Christians eager to proselytize.

So when resident Douglas Marshall filled out an application to set up a personal “Reason Station” to promote freethought and logic, you’d think he’d get a green light, too…

Just one problem: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is a Christian who has made a habit of opposing atheist groups that want the same treatment as religious groups.



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