I Assume They Use the King James Bible

The New York TimesAndrew Keh has an interesting piece about chaplains in the NBA: Every team has one — as is the case for pretty much every professional sports franchise in the U.S. — and they’re as much a part of the pre-game ritual as the shootaround.



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Former Rep. Allen West: Church/State Separation is Responsible for Football Injuries

Last week, former Rep. Allen West spoke to a conservative group in Texas about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s battle against formal pre-game prayers at public school football games.

West explained that he never got injured when he played high school football because there was a team prayer before the games:



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Texas High School Continues to Push Christianity on Students Even After Several Warnings

A few days ago, I posted about how Pittsburg High School (Texas) baseball coach Tommy Stewart not only conducted Bible studies with his players after practice once a week, he also punished those who didn’t attend by making them run for 20 minutes. According to a letter to the school district from the Freedom From [Read More...]

Germany’s IRS Says Soccer Player Luca Toni Owes $1.85 Million In Back Taxes Because He’s a Catholic

An Italian soccer player who starred on the world-renowned German Bayern Munich team for three seasons owes $1.85 million in back taxes, German authorities allege — because he was baptized a Catholic.

Hellas Verona star Luca Toni could be forced to pay €1.7m [$1.85 million] to the German Catholic Church for failing to pay a religious tax.

According to Sport Mediaset, Toni will go to trial in Munich for the outstanding sum accrued while he was playing for Bayern from 2007 to 2010.

The Kirchensteuer [church tax] rule finances religions via taxes in Germany, which in Bavaria is eight per cent of [people's] income.



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Five More College Basketball Teams Accused of Employing Chaplains

Earlier this week, we learned that Wichita State University, a public school, had a possibly-taxpayer-funded chaplain for their basketball team:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation now claims there are “five more public universities that inappropriately employ religious leaders for their basketball teams.”

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