Atheists DEMAND SEC Teams get rid of Team Chaplains

    Auburn Chaplain
    BobLee
    August23/ 2015

    I predicted this “certainty” three years ago.  I figured the God-hating lunatic fringe over in Chapel Hill would have crawled out from under their rock before this gang did at Auburn.   Carolina Football has had “Mitch” as its team chaplain for several years also not on the university payroll in any way…. but rather supported by private donations thru the regional FCA chapter.

    I know for a fact that “Mitch” has been a tremendous positive addition to UNC Football. …. I am not sure if State or Duke have added a similar asset.  I do know it was under consideration.

    NOTE:  According to 58WK, State DOES have a similar situation as UNC.  State’s chaplain is Al Byrd.   Both Mitch and Al have arrangements overseen by Regional FCA Director Johnny Evans.

    Although this article comes from Auburn, you will notice that the atheists have launched similar attacks at other SEC schools and Clemson.  If UNC (or State, Duke) has not been targeted yet…. they will be.

    Q:  How do you “eat an elephant”?  A:  One bite at a time…. and also how you destroy a society.   But, hey, lets not discuss “politics” here.   Right?

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    Atheist group pushes Auburn to fire team chaplain

    http://yellowhammernews.com/faithandculture/atheist-group-pushes-auburn-to-fire-team-chaplain/?utm_campaign=559af5af73526a3223021a54&utm_source=boomtrain&utm_medium=email&bt_alias=eyJ1c2VySWQiOiJiMjY4MTY0My1iNTY3LTQwYjQtOGMwNC0wYjRkNjRlNDQzOGMifQ%3D%3D

     

    AUBURN, Ala. — The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist group that’s become known for bullying small towns and organizations into abandoning Christmas parades and prayers at meetings, is now pressuring Auburn University to “abolish the chaplaincy.”

    The school’s football team chaplain is not an employee of the University, and is not not being paid by public funds, but the FFRF insists he is being given “special privileges and unrestricted access because he is a Christian clergyman.”

    The Auburn University administration responded to the letter with a short statement Thursday.

    “Chaplains are common in many public institutions, including the US Congress. The football team chaplain isn’t an Auburn employee, and participation in activities he leads are voluntary.”

    The FFRF reportedly sent similar letters to several other SEC schools, including Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and South Carolina, as well as ACC school Clemson. The group has requested documents from the University of Alabama to investigate its chaplain, as well.

    “It makes no difference if the chaplain is unofficial, not school-sponsored, or a volunteer, because chaplains are given access to the team as a means for coaches to impose religion, usually Christianity, on their players,” the organization countered in its letter. “Under the circumstances, the chaplain’s actions are attributable to the university and those actions are unconstitutional.”

    Auburn’s chaplain, Rev. Chette Williams, has held the position since 1999. A former Auburn football player himself, Williams the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the school’s campus. His office is in the athletics department’s student athlete center.

    “Brother Chette,” as he is known by the players, leads the pre-game prayer participated in by many—but not all—of the Tigers players.

    Earlier this year the FFRF bullied Glencoe, Alabama, into removing a “Christian Flag” which had flown since 1992 from its premises.

    U.S. Supreme Court precedent on the Establishment Clause issue has been mixed. School employee-directed prayer has been outlawed since the 1962 decision Engel v. Vitale and direct religious displays of solely Christian symbols on the entrances of state buildings were banned after Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU in 1989.

    However, recent rulings have been more friendly towards the expression of Christianity in the public square. The 2014 ruling of Town of Greece v. Galloway allows for city councils and other public boards to open their meetings with an explicitly Christian prayer, holding that judges may not act as “censors of religious speech” simply because the prayers reflect the views of the dominant faith.

     

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    BobLee
    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      Oh, I concurr, BL. The team chaplains that I know, do counsul. They may not be in it to proselytize per se. That’s not my point.

      My point, more or less, is what is the need for a chaplain of clerical standing (presumably Christian) in the lockeroom? Do teams have chaplains of universal faiths?

      Who’s name is invoked in a team prayer more often than not? Mind you, these ?s and opinions come from a “good” Catholic boy.

      In the end, it’s no big deal. Nor is the whining of some group of attention seekers like the FFRF. They ain’t eatin’ my elephant!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The “team chaplains” being targeted by this bunch are all affiliated with FCA with their financial support coming thru religious like-minds so their Christian faith is a large part of Who they Are. I am pretty sure that their “devotions” do not mandate the players memorizing any mantras or performing any profound acts of acceptance… i.e. they don’t have an “altar call” before they charge out of the locker room to rip the heads off the opposing bunch of FCA members.
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        The personalities of these “chaplains” tend to be overtly “caring and trustworthy” men who are often the first such “men” many of these at-risk boys have ever encountered. Blood & guts coaches don’t fill that role too well. I doubt clinical psychologists would either. Many of these chaplains are former “at-risk” boys themselves who can empathize with the kids in a unique way.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      Honestly, the FFRF has about as much creedence as the Westboro group.

      As far as team chaplins go…I’m afraid that I don’t see the point. Especially so, if my name happened to be Goldman,Nguyen or Mustafa.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The team chaplains I am familiar with are lots more “social worker” and counselor than they are “preacher”.

    • 58wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      Will send more tomorrow after meeting of FCA in the morning for tour of new practice facility and watching practice.
      NC State has a football chaplain Al Byrd who is not an employee of the state. This has been supported by private funds including some of mine. We are also working on how to let Erik Kramer know that hundreds of us football alumni are praying for him to get better. Philosophy will follow tomorrow.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I’m sure Johnny Evans set up Al Byrd in the same fashion as he set up Mitch at UNC. Apparently that won’t cut it with this Atheist gang. How does RWB feel about team chaplains?

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