In an interesting showcase of the power of the internet, the University of Minnesota’s leading receiver AJ Barker left the team via a letter to his coach, Jerry Kill. He posted this letter, which explained his reason for leaving the team, on Tumblr and made his allegations public. [Read more…]
Minnesota Gophers Receiver Leaves Team Because of Verbal Abuse by Coaches, Including Attacks on His Atheism
Whether it’s coaches leading their teams in prayer or players being baptized on the field after practice, sports and religion seem to be frequently entangled. However, what Liberty University is trying to do crosses a line.
The Christian institution founded by Jerry Falwell is trying to build its athletic department — specifically its football team — into a proselytizing machine. They are calling themselves “Champions for Christ.” [Read more…]
Atheist Julia Burke is the runner who decided before the New York City Marathon was canceled that she couldn’t participate in good conscience:
“I wouldn’t have felt good about running this race and being handed bottles of water and snacks at every stop when there are people who can’t even go to their own homes,” she said.
Burke took the $500 she would have spent on the flight and rental car and donated it to charity. Then she decided to run a marathon, anyway, in her hometown of Buffalo… and word spread. [Read more…]
At Iota High School in Louisiana, students and parents and athletes and local residents have no idea what the law is when it comes to prayer at football games.
The law is simple: The school cannot sponsor prayer. Neither can anyone representing the school.
Last month, however, a priest gave an invocation before a football game and no one said anything about it. That’s illegal and Superintendent John Bourque knew it, which is why he later urged everyone to let student volunteers lead the prayers instead: [Read more…]