Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Mexico State Coach Sued For Religious Discrimination

Three Muslim college students who were thrown off of New Mexico State Univeristy's football team have sued the university and coach Hal Mumme for religious discrimination, according to the Associated Press yesterday. The suit, filed on behalf of Mu'Ammar Ali, Anthony Thompson and Vincent Thompson by the ACLU of New Mexico, alleges that Mumme made Muslim students feel like outcasts, questioning Ali about his attitudes toward al-Qaida. Coach Mumme had other players recite the Lord's Prayer after practices and before each game, but made Muslim players pray separately. A University investigation of the charges found no evidence of religious discrimination. (See prior posting.)