Atheists Sue Football Coach Over Religion


Atheist organization Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has set its sights on Clemson University and their coach, Dabo Swinney — planning a lawsuit against the influence of Christian beliefs on the team.

FFRF plans to sue the school and Swinney in regard to the role of Christianity within the football program. They previously sent a complaint to the school in 2014, and have targeted a number of schools in an attempt to uphold the separation of church and state, according to JD Journal.

“At this point we don’t think the university has taken appropriate corrective action,” FFRF attorney Patrick Elliot said. “We still have concerns about how that program is being conducted. The university needs to appropriately monitor religious activity in its program.” 

Elliot also got specific as to the concerns the organization has regarding Clemson. 

“They need to stop doing church day," he said. "They need to cease having coaches in team prayer. And I don’t know the status of their chaplaincy.” 

Currently, however, FFRF does not have a Clemson player on their side that is willing to “challenge [the football program in court].” 

Swinney said he was “a little caught off guard” by the suit, adding that he’s “very proud” of the way the football program is run as well as the culture they have at the school. He said that he plans on making no changes to the program.

Sources: JD Journal, Breitbart / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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