The Freedom From Religion Foundation is at it again, this time focusing its efforts against a college coach who has stated publicly he will pray with his players.
During the NCAA basketball tournament in March, the atheist/agnostic group targeted several college teams for having "character coaches" or chaplains. The group accused a half dozen public universities – Wichita State, Louisville, Maryland, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas – of unconstitutionally promoting religion.
Now FFRF is going after Iowa State's Steve Prohm, the new head coach for men's basketball. Prohm, who took over the program in June, has made it known that he will pray with his team.
"I'll ask them if they have prayer requests," he told the Des Moines Register. "It's not something you're beating over their head; you want to give them a foundation, so when they leave Ames, it's not foreign to them when they raise their kids, or have a wife – that they have a strong foundation and a strong faith."
Steve McConkey, president of the ministry 4 Winds Christian Athletics, believes it's "such a good thing" to have a coach pray with athletes – but FFRF doesn't think so. They have sent letters to the school president and even the basketball team accusing the coach of religious coercion.
"These people are not your mom and pop atheists," McConkey tells OneNewsNow. "These people are out to destroy Christianity."
The ministry leader explains that FFRF tries to take advantage of studies that show that about a third of students have no religious affiliation. "The atheists ... know this and they know that they can target those people and try to get complaints and try to force the university to make it so nobody can pray," he adds.
McConkey says FFRF wants to put a fear of a lawsuit within the leaders of universities.