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While he doesn't push his Christian faith on his team, he does make sure they attend Sunday services as a team and quietly encourages them to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

"I do not directly get involved in their spiritual walks with Christ, but indirectly. Through positive reinforcement, devotionals before practice and games and, hopefully by my example, I encourage them to have a relationship with our heavenly Father," McConathy said.

These are the words a basketball coach at a state university.

"I look at this job as a call to coach much like a missionary being called into the field," McConathy said. "God has put me in a position to influence a lot of people and I take that very seriously"

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The University is Northwestern State University. It is not a private college. Presumably Northwestern State University is funded by the state of Louisiana where obviously the 1st Amendment and the establishment clause carries little weight.

The fact that Baptist Press would publish the article on their web site and brag to world about the star shows that they have no reservations about using state resources to pursue private religious agendas.

I am no lawyer but this case looks real simple to me. Requiring students to attend a religious service as a team is out of bounds. I don't see how anyone could defend the practice.

My question is how could this have gone on a state college.

What kind of a state is Louisiana and are they a part of the USA?

Originally posted to Sam Wise Gingy on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:17 AM PST.


Louisiana is part of the USA and governed by the Constitution of the United States

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  •  Tips for Thomas Jefferson and Seperation (2+ / 0-)
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    of Church and basketball at a state university.

    We shall overcome, someday. Yes we can.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:19:15 AM PST

  •  That's more of a southeastern thing, generally (0+ / 0-)

    LA is no worse than several other states in that regard.  It's also part of a wider problem, in that we permit athletic coaches to use motivational and disciplinary techniques that would get any other employee fired, immediately.  The real pathology here isn't excess religiosity, it's a college-athletics culture that isn't subject to any real institutional control.

    Al que no le guste el caldo, le dan dos tazas.

    by Rich in PA on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 10:26:54 AM PST

  •  this connection between a brutal, violent 'game' (0+ / 0-)

    like football and Jesus/God always intrigued me.

    Like when a team prays to beat the other team.

    Or when a nut like Tony Dungy says that his faith in Christ lead to his success coaching a sport whose purpose is to hurt the opposing team.

    Worse yet, the sports media slobbered all over themselves when Dungy finally won the Super Bowl - it was his "faith in Christ" that brought him success, as compared to the "godless" Belichick who won only 3 Super Bowls.

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