Clemson University officials are countering an atheist group's accusations that it's imposing Christian beliefs on student athletes who participate in the football program. The university says the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is "mistaken" in its claim that football coach Dabo Swinney is pushing his beliefs on members of the Tigers team.
Robin Denny, spokesman for Clemson, told The Christian Post that the school is asserting its right to religious freedom, and added that the FFRF's allegations of unconstitutional preference for Christianity via the team's chaplain policy are misguided.
"We will evaluate the complaints raised in the letter and will respond directly to the organization, but we believe FFRF is mistaken in its assessment," said Denny. "The Supreme Court has expressly upheld the right of public bodies to employ chaplains and has noted that the use of prayer is not in conflict with the principles of disestablishment and religious freedom." more >>
An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it rushed to get a permit for their display after seeing that the Concerned Women for America group was able to set up their own display at Wisconsin's Capitol building. The CWA group's display reportedly included a Christian cross and pro-life literature. The conservative women's group says on its website that it's dedicated to bringing "biblical principles into all levels of public policy."
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University alleging that their football program includes "Christian worship."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison has warned Clemson University about the apparent religious content found in their football program.
In a letter sent out last week that was addressed to Clemson Senior Associate General Counsel Erin Swan Lauderdale, the FFRF outlined their argument that "Christian worship seems interwoven into Clemson's football program." more >>
Mormons will share the stage with atheists Wednesday as part of a joint panel held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss and dispel the myths and stereotypes that are believed about the two groups.
In a statement released last week, American Atheists President David Silverman explained that the panel will "challenge how atheists and religious people think of each other."
He continued: "It's true that many atheist Utahans are ex-Mormons, but many atheists around the country have very little direct experience with Mormons. And many Mormons have very little real-world experience with or knowledge of atheists. We want to fix that because a better understanding of where we're all coming from is needed to share political and social space." more >>
Noah and God's Not Dead dropped out of the top five for the first time since the films were released in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take first place for the second consecutive week.
In its third week of release, Noah fell to sixth place, dropping 56 percent off its previous week's total haul and bringing in only $7.5 million. Two weeks after its opening weekend first place finish, the film has made a total of $84.8 million domestically, (and $162 million worldwide,) leading Box Office Mojo, which had previously suggested that the film would undoubtedly pass $100 million, to now argue that if it continued "on this trajectory, it could fall short" of the milestone.
The low-budget Christian film God's Not Dead dropped from last weekend's fourth place finish to seventh. After three consecutive weeks in the top five, the film's profits fell 30 percent and the film made $4.5 million this weekend. During its month-long run the independent film has grossed $40.7 million. more >>
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, may soon be recognized as an official religion in Poland after a court overturned a 2013 ruling against it.
"Judge Wlodzimierz Kowalczyk said that Tuesday's ruling was taken on formal grounds, as the ministry [of administration]had not given the applicants a two-month extension to submit outstanding documents," Polskie Radio reported.
Kowalczyk said the ministry "had not even indicated that there were such shortcomings" in the original application. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has essentially been cleared to apply to be registered as an official religion. more >>