(Campus Reform) An atheist watchdog organization is demanding the termination of public prayer practices at the University of Tennessee football games along with documentation of email communications between two Mississippi universities and their Fellowship of Christian Athletes program.
In a cease-and-desist letter to the University of Tennessee, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) urged the football program to discontinue their practice of "opening football games and any other University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) events with prayer."
"When you're not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it's really very grating." Tweet This
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"This is a public university, not a Christian club," wrote FFRF co-president Annie Gaylor. "When you're not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it's really very grating."
Despite criticism from FFRF, UT chancellor Jimmy Creek says the university has a constitutional right to conduct a prayer service and references the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, ruling "nonsectarian prayer at public university events does not violate the First Amendment."