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Clemson coach responds to religion complaint

Clemson coach responds to religion complaint

The head football coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney, has been the center of a religious controversy.  A recent letter of complain was set to the Freedom From Religion Foundation stating "constitutional concerns about how the public university's football program is entangled with religion."  The complain alleges Swinney promoted Christianity which violates the separation of church and state guidelines.

In a statement released by the university, Swinney said "Over the past week or two, there has been a lot discussion of my faith.  We have three rules in our program that everybody must follow: (1) players must go to class (2) they must give a good effort (3) they must be good citizens.  It is as simple as that.  I have recruited and coached players of many different faiths.  Players of any faith or no faith at all are welcome in our program.  All we require in the recruitment of any player is that he must be a great player at his position, meet the academic requirements, and have good characters."

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) also said Swinney picked James Trapp as a chaplain which violates the university's policy on team chaplains.  According to the policy, students must select their own chaplain.  The FFRF also said that Trapp used his office in Memorial Stadium to proselytize.

Swinney did not respond directly to the allegations from the FFRF.  He did say "Recruiting is very personal.  Recruits and their families want – and deserve – to know who you are as a person, not just what kind of coach you are.  I try to be a good example to others, and I work hard to live my life according to my faith."  The FFRF is asking to eliminate the chaplaincy position.


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