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 >>
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 >>
Devout Christian, Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title in three years with a three stroke victory on Sunday.
Watson surprised many with his win; after winning the Masters in April 2012, the champion did not win the rest of the year and remained winless throughout 2013. Coming into this year's tournament his name was not generally be touted as one of the favorites.
He entered the final round tied with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, where the two men went back and forth for the first nine holes, before the left-handed veteran took a two-shot lead. He did not relinquish his first place position as he wrapped up the back nine. more >>
Lolo Jones is defending herself after receiving backlash for dissing singer Rihanna.
Jones, the 31-year-old Olympic hurdler and bobsledding athlete, recently poked fun of rapper Drake and Rihanna who are rumored to be dating. After it was announced that Drake will host the 2014 ESPY awards, Jones decided to make light of the situation.
"It's amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it's gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna's ex boyfriends," Jones wrote. more >>
A former NFL player and college football analyst has accepted a position at the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian advocacy group.
Craig James was hired briefly by Fox Sports Southwest in 2013 and made one appearance with the network before he was fired for comments about homosexuality that he made while running for U.S. Senate in Texas in 2012.
"We are very excited and pleased to announce that Craig James is joining Family Research Council's team," said FRC President Tony Perkins in a statement. "Losing one job because of his religious beliefs has made room for another: raising awareness about the threats to our most precious liberty — the freedom of religion. His leadership skills, his courage in the face of religious hostility, and his passion for faith, family and freedom will make him a great addition to the FRC team." more >>
Katherine Webb announced her engagement to A.J. McCarron along with a photo of her brand-new diamond ring via Twitter on Friday, March 28.
"WE'RE ENGAGEDDD!!!!," the former Miss Alabama 2012 posted to the social media site.
Furthermore, Webb informed her more than 3K Twitter followers that her fiancé custom designed the room. more >>