Why can’t people just be left alone?

Des Bieler reports at the Washington Post.

Why 25 public universities have been asked to drop their college football chaplains

Christian chaplains allow “football coaches to impose their personal religion on players,” according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Accordingly, the organization, which describes itself as a “national state/church watchdog,” announced that it was “condemning more than 25 public universities” for failing to put an end to the situation.

The FFRF issued a report this week claiming that while “public universities and their employees cannot endorse,
promote, or favor religion,” many college football coaches ” are converting playing fields into mission fields and public universities are doing nothing to halt this breach of trust.” The report cited a statistic that 54 percent of college students identify themselves as Christian, but noted that all of the team chaplains it had investigated were Christian, often with an evangelical bent.

The organization listed 15 schools, almost all in the South, to whose presidents it had alerted the existence of “the most flagrant chaplaincies.” Those schools are:

  • Auburn University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Tennessee
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Washington
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Illinois
  • Florida State University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Clemson University