Article Notes How Dozens of Public High School Football Coaches in the South Think Proselytizing is Part of Practice

In a frightening-yet-not-at-all-shocking article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press today, Stephen Hargis reports that the number of football coaches who think preaching Christianity is part of the game plan isn’t just a single individual or even a handful of people. The problem is much worse than that:

Responding to a Times Free Press survey, 32 coaches who work in public schools in Tennessee, Georgia or Alabama professed to be Christian; all said they endorse some form of team prayer. Those coaches said they consider the increased activity by the Wisconsin-based foundation a violation of their religious rights and of their ability to mold the boys on their team into moral young men.

“We as coaches fail if we only teach football, so we try to set an example of how a Christian man handles any situation,” Ridgeland High coach Mark Mariakis said. “I want the kids to remember that example more than anything they learn on the football field.”

If that name is familiar, it’s because Mariakis is the coach from Georgia who led his team in prayer before and after games:

Mariakis notes that the only thing that has changed since last year is that he has stopped leading the team prayers. Now, he lets the students do it. (Are they the captains? I don’t know, but I’m guessing that’s probably the case since he calls them the team “leaders,” which makes the prayers all the more coercive to the rest of the team.)

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Atheist Billboards Go Up in Bryan and College Station, Texas

Just in time for the big Texas A&M game against #1-ranked Alabama this weekend, the newly-formed Brazos Valley Coalition of Reason has put up four billboards in the Bryan and College Station, Texas areas (near where the game will be played):

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NFL Running Back Arian Foster Says He’ll Teach His Daughter About the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans wrote an article for Yahoo! Shine explaining what he wants to teach his daughter Zeniah.

Most of it is what you might expect: Be kind, know your self-worth, handle money wisely… but then I got to the final item and did a spit-take:

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Chris Kluwe, NFL Punter and American Atheists 2014 Convention Speaker, is Actually ‘Cheerfully Agnostic’

When NFL punter and LGBT activist Chris Kluwe (pronounced CLUE-wee) speaks at American Atheists’ 2014 convention this April, someone should ask him about this excerpt from his book Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies in which he declares his agnosticism while tossing in a few atheist stereotypes:

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Patriotic Samuel Adams Beer Commercial Criticized for Not Giving Credit to ‘Our Creator’

This is the new commercial put out by the Samuel Adams beer folks. It shows a bartender trying to be all patriotic, explaining that the beer is named after Sam Adams because he signed the Declaration of Independence:

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