Last Thursday, the non profit Freedom From Religion Foundation executed a letter with the President of Auburn University demanding the Tigers fire their team chaplain — “abolish the chaplaincy,” in its direct words — arguing an affiliation with the Christian religion could lead to discrimination of those who may not hold the same beliefs.
Now, the same group has started a campaign under the threat of legal action with 15 other universities, mostly teams in the SEC to rid public colleges from sports-based spiritual leaders.
Here are the comments from the FFRF’s website on their plan of action:
“FFRF is sending players on several teams, including Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Wisconsin and Illinois, an explanation of their rights as students at secular universities.”
Auburn University responded to the FFRF’s letter by releasing a statement yesterday:
“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.”