Clemson coach says players aren’t coerced by religion

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  • Sandee Spencer Longwood, FL
    April 30, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    I especially appreciated that the Clemson coach seeks to be up front about the part his faith plays in his life especially during the recruitment process. This enables the athletes and their families to more fully understand what they are enlisting in should they choose to play for Clemson.

    While we are protected by law from the government establishing or forcing a religion upon us the truth is we all espouse what we value and believe through our words and actions. It seems odd to me that people are so quick to cry foul if a Christian is open about their beliefs but they have no problem with a professor that might be modeling and or teaching disdain for Judeo-Christian beliefs or practices, atheist beliefs, anti-capitalistic, anti-government, anti-American, anti-NRA and a whole myriad of other antis. When such beliefs are held and espoused deeply and with vigor how do they really vary from religious beliefs?

  • east of utah Saint Joseph, MO
    April 28, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    What is difficult to understand is why if all this “cramming” of religion down people’s throats has occurred, not a single player or coach has ever complained. No one has ever lost their scholarship, position, or playing time because of their personal beliefs or unwillingness to participate. There has been only one complaint and that has come from a group in Wisconsin who obtained all their information from public records. Swinney may be walking a fine line and he needs to be careful that he doesn’t run afoul of the law but he has done nothing illegal.
    Groups like The Freedom from Religion organization stated purpose is to drive all belief, practice, and display of religion from the public square. Demanding that Swinney not be allowed to publicly practice and live his religion is wrong and every effort to allow Davo and others like him to freely associate with others of like beliefs (even his players) must be protected.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    April 26, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    If you want to go to any kind of religious university, there are many fine choices out there. In fact, some of the most prestigious institutions in the country are religiously affiliated.

    However, no state run institution ought to be in the business of proselytizing students. It does not take great insight to recognize that this coach is abusing his position to cram his particular brand of religion down the throats of his players. No parent wants his/her kid to be proselytized in his school. They sent the kid to school to be educated (and in this case get a free ride through university). It is the parent's responsibility to teach kids religion or not.

    Just what part of this is difficult to understand?