By Shane Kastler
A dictionary definition of “nosy” is this: unduly concerned with the affairs of others; or a constant practice of prying. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRC), an atheistic “non-profit” group based in Madison, Wisconsin has begun an assault on Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina over football coach Dabo Swinney's involvement in.....(brace yourself)..... BIBLE STUDIES! Apparently Coach Swinney wasn't aware that his players are supposed to be out smoking dope and raping coeds like the players at other colleges do. Swinney has the unmitigated gall, to offer Bible studies to the players. Not only this, he even went so far as to allow a..... (once again, please brace yourself) a CHAPLAIN to be apart of the football program. According to the FFRC, the chaplain might have even allowed that shameful practice of “baptism” to be discussed among the players. Rumor has it that some of the players were even allowed to attend a Baptist church. We can only hope that none of these poor players actually subjected themselves to such a religious practice. They might be scarred for life. Swinney and his staff also (it is reported) allowed Bibles to be distributed to his players. Of course this is a travesty! Doesn't Swinney know that the only thing he should be distributing to his players is condoms? How else will they keep from impregnating the coeds they're raping? Clearly this “Bible” talk is out of line for a major college football coach.
Ironically, the recent “coming out” of Michael Sam, a sub-par linebacker from Missouri, drew widespread accolades, including an invitation to the White House from Barack Obama himself. It's a strange country we live in where sodomy is celebrated and Bible study is condemned; but such is the case in America today. There's a couple of other issues I'd like to address in this article.
First is the atheistic bullying that goes on in America. It's really time for this to stop. I find it so odd, how the “live and let live” mantra of the ungodly crowd seems to fade away when the group is Christians. Organizations like the FFRC have declared open season on them and this is just the latest in the idiotic pattern. Like nosy little children, this group combs the country looking for trouble to cause and Christians to attack. They obtained Coach Swinney's e-mails through “open records requests” to find “evidence” of his Christian faith. Doesn't this sound a little too “gestapo” like? Do Christians really need snuffed out like that? And further more, doesn't Swinney, just as much as any other American, have the right to express his religious views?
Yes, he does, which brings me to my second point. This issue is CLEARLY not a case of the violation of the “separation of church and state” as the FFRC claims. For too long, these bully tactics have been allowed under the guise of “constitutionalism”; but the first amendment to the Constitution doesn't forbid a government employee from expressing his faith. In fact it does the opposite. It protects his right to do so. The U.S. Constitution states that the government shall not establish a state religion, NOR prevent the free exercise thereof. The FFRC is attempting to prevent the free exercise thereof.
Sometimes Christians are surprised to learn that I (as a Pastor) very much support the separation of church and state; as defined by the Constitution and believed by our nation's founders. In fact the first amendment was added because of concerns by people of my very own branch of Christianity. The Danbury Baptist Association feared government intrusion into their church affairs; and were assured by Thomas Jefferson (in a private letter) that there would be a “wall of separation between church and state” to prevent the government from badgering churches, and by extension Christians. Jefferson would have been appalled to think of a government employee being silenced for expressing his religious views in the workplace. And the first amendment prevents that. Thanks be to God.
The Bible studies at Clemson are voluntary. AND are attended by 18-22 year old college students, otherwise known as GROWN MEN. They have the right to worship, just as Swinney and his staff does. And if they so desire a chaplain, it is none of the FFRC's business. Contrary to their name they do not seek “Freedom” from or for anyone. They seek an atheistic tyranny where they force their will upon the world. Which leads me to my next point.
Why on earth should a group of atheists in WISCONSIN care about a group of Christians in SOUTH CAROLINA? Constitutional matters aside, this issue is simply NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS. Unfortunately, Northern carpetbaggers have tried to force their cultural views on Southern Christians for decades. If Wisconsin prefers atheism, more power to them. South Carolina doesn't; nor do any other states in the South, where religion in general is encouraged and Christianity in particular is embraced. What business is it of the FFRC? Answer, none. But the best way to address this deeper cultural divide in our country would be to secede.....again. And that's probably not going to happen. The Northern dictator Obama won't allow it. But then again, he won't even let a rancher in Nevada feed his cows without government permission (but that's another issue).
I hope Clemson and Dabo Swinney stand strong on this one. The recent brouhaha over the Phil Robertson/ Duck Dynasty comments further showed the attacks upon Christianity and the vast cultural divide between North and South. But Phil refused to cower. I hope Clemson refuses as well. If anything, this seems like another one of those issues that might blow up in the atheists faces. They may just empower Swinney and cause his popularity to soar in a state known for its independent thinking and appreciation for faith.
Northern nosiness and atheistic bullying rears its ugly head yet again. Mind your own business FFRC! Leave the Christians alone and let them worship. And be thankful that at least at Clemson, football players are encouraged to be moral, rather than sex crazed, druggies. Bravo, Coach Swinney. Stand strong.