The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has sent out a letter, affirming the right of colleges to employ chaplains for their sports teams.
The letter, which according to The Christian Post, is supported by 81, 500 Americans, is a response to the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF) attempt to have chaplains banned from college campuses.
“Chaplains regularly lead the teams in prayer, conduct chapel services, and more. These religious activities are not voluntary, as the universities claim, because, as the report notes, 'student athletes are uniquely susceptible to coercion from coaches,'" the FFRF claims.
The ACLJ disagreed in their letter, stating that "University students understand that they will be exposed to a variety of religious and nonreligious views on campus. Sports team chaplaincies pose no threat to the rights of university students to hold their own religious views, any more than does graduation prayer, or for that matter, a professor's avowed atheism.”
The ACLJ hopes to address the controversy once and for all and to convince their opponents that allowing chaplains on campus is no different than allowing a chapel on campus in which students can worship if they choose.
“Angry atheists will not be allowed to trample religious liberty on campus," the ACLJ stated.
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Publication date: September 15, 2015