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Clemson's official statement on the Freedom From Religion Foundation

by TigerNet Staff - Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:04 PM
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Earlier this week, it was reported the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University, citing "constitutional concerns about how the public university's football program is entangled with religion."

The group has urged the university to cease the athletics department’s emphasis on prayers, Bible studies and other religious activities, including busing players to local churches for Sunday services. In the complaint, foundation staff attorney Patrick Elliott said “Christian worship seems interwoven into Clemson’s football program. "

Clemson University's official statement on the FFRF matter is below:

We believe the practices of the football staff regarding religion are compliant with the Constitution and appropriately accommodate differing religious views. Participation in religious activities is purely voluntary, and there are no repercussions for students who decline to do so. We are not aware of any complaints from current or former student-athletes about feeling pressured or forced to participate in religious activities.

Clemson takes very seriously its obligation to provide a comprehensive program for the development and welfare of our student-athletes ­ which encompasses academic, athletic and personal support, including support for their spiritual needs.

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. 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.
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74TIGER
Wish I could give you a million pts for that
tigertomw
I wish I could do the same thing everytime someone tries to
Filo Betto
Re: I wish I could do the same thing everytime someone tries to
CUAtTheFinishLine®
That won't satiate those extortionists.
CUTiger1989®
Need to call Jay Sekulow
striperfan
I may then consider making a donation to them
CUTiger1989®
Re: Need to call Jay Sekulow
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: That won't satiate those extortionists.
allorangeallthetime52®
I think that you are 100% correct. God is at the center
Tiger5
Re: That won't satiate those extortionists.
TigerHawk76®
Re: That won't satiate those extortionists.
Litefoot®
Yes it will
grover173
Nailed It******
ssnow08
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tigerpsy
You can't reconcile their letter with this
Tiggity®
Many of us atheists love Clemson just as much.
gthaker
Translation....
BigCUFan®
I would be laughing for days if they really signed
CUTiger1989®
That may violate seperation of church and state....
BigCUFan®
Re: Translation....
dhtigerchick
I have tears rolling down my face, laughing so hard!***
solafide_tiger®
Re: FB Update: Clemson's official statement on the Freedom From Religion Foundation
RRTiger
So, about CK's reinstatement ...***
CUTiger1989®
i think CU said F U!
jbthe1tiger99®
I AM NOT clicking on this.
MSTiger02®
Re: FB Update: Clemson's official statement on the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Smallhp
Lawyer speak for...
ClemsonTiger1988
Hopefully the story dies with this response. Do not want
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Hopefully the story dies with this response. Do not want
fretiger
FoxNews will defend Clemson because of the context of the
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: FoxNews will defend Clemson because of the context of the
Save the Tiger
Re: FoxNews will defend Clemson because of the context of the
GoTigerz
Re: Hopefully the story dies with this response. Do not want
1988NC
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1988NC
Sums it up...
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D@mned right
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Re: D@mned right
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Don't tread on me.***
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Re: FB Update: Clemson's official statement on the Freedom From Religion Foundation
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This is what I take from Clemson's response:
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