Clemson Football Player Baptized… Why Is It Such a Big Deal?

Normally I do my best to ignore what is going on in the world of Clemson University athletics at least until November (go Gamecocks!), but this article managed to catch my eye yesterday. One of their football players, junior DeAndre Hopkins, was baptized in front of his teammates recently after practice. Their wide receivers’ coach and recruiting [Read More…]

Coach Mark Mariakis: Fire Him or Support Him?

Mark Mariakis is the public high school football coach who uses his position to proselytize to his players and bring them to Jesus. There’s now a Support Coach Mariakis Facebook event page, encouraging his supporters to attend Ridgeland High School’s first home football game on September 14th. I guess the people of Rossville, Georgia are [Read More…]

When a Public High School Football Coach Takes His Team to Church for Food and Sermons, Why Is Anyone Defending Him?

Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia has a problem. The football team is led by someone who thinks it’s his duty to preach to students instead of just coaching them. According to a letter (PDF) the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Walker County Schools superintendent: … on game day, [coach Mark] Mariakis takes the [Read More…]

Skip Bayless Wasn’t Censored and Tim Tebow’s Pose Wasn’t Blasphemy

ESPN loves shows featuring talking heads. They’ll invite columnists with personalities to talk about any sports-related topic and the worst sin they can commit is being boring. On Friday, one of their regulars, Skip Bayless, was eager to talk about this picture from GQ featuring a Jesus-like Tim Tebow: Bayless tweeted this in advance of [Read More…]

Memo to Mississippi: You Can’t Have School-Sponsored Prayers at Football Games

For many Christians, it’s not enough that they can pray silently to themselves before a big game. It’s not even enough that they can pray out loud while they’re sitting in the bleachers. They won’t rest until their Christian prayers are recited over the intercom system so the whole stadium can hear them. And that’s [Read More…]


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