Thursday, August 20, 2015

Report Criticizes Collegiate Football Chaplaincy Programs

On Monday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation released  a report titled Pray to Play: Christian Coaches and Chaplains Are Converting Football Fields Into Mission Fields. According to the Report:
Public universities and their employees cannot endorse, promote, or favor religion. Yet, many football coaches at public universities bring in chaplains—often from their own church or even members of their own family—to prey on and pray with students, with no regard for the rights of those students or the Constitution. These coaches are converting playing fields into mission fields and public universities are doing nothing to halt this breach of trust. They are failing their student athletes.
FFRF sent copies of the Report, which includes a Model Policy On Religion In Athletics, to 15 schools that appear to have the most problematic chaplaincies.