Clearly lacking anything productive to do, a militant atheist group is up in arms over a college football coach’s religious tweets.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, known for distributing pornographic sex booklets to children and even earning the astonishment of the left-leaning Daily Show, say they’re mad that the head coach for the Ole Miss football team, Hugh Freeze, uses his personal Twitter handle to express his religious beliefs.
Here’s FFRF’s complaint, via their website:
University of Mississippi head football coach Hugh Freeze regularly promotes religion on his Twitter page, a concerned citizen has informed FFRF. Recently, Freeze has tweeted statements such as "Lead us by your truth and teach us 2day, for you are the God who saves us! All day long I put my hope in you. Ps 25:5 - be a blessing 2day" and "Here's the best news ever, your eternal standing with God doesn't depend on the your goodness, but on God's unshakable faithfulness" via his twitter handle @CoachHughFreez
Though FFRF respects Freeze's right to tweet as a private citizen, he may not promote his personal religious beliefs while acting in his capacity as a university employee. The @CoachHughFreeze Twitter handle appears to be an official account used in his capacity as head coach, given the account name and that the university publicizes Freeze's tweets. In publishing the coach's twitter account on the official Ole Miss sports website, the university creates the appearance that it endorses Freeze's tweets and the religious promotion therein.
FFRF also complains that Ole Miss coach Maurice Harris also tweets Bible verses, which Freeze sometimes re-tweets.
Now, the group is demands that “the University of Mississippi take immediate action to ensure that Freeze, Harris and the rest of the university's athletic department are made aware that they cannot promote religion while acting as university employees. Furthermore, the university must not promote social media accounts that regularly endorse religious messages.”
There it is. A group of self-described non-believers have gotten themselves all bent out of shape because a college football coach is using his own personal Twitter account to tweet his own personal religious beliefs. It’s almost too stupid to write about and definitely too stupid to take seriously.
FFRF’s ridiculous complaint also begs this one, very simple question: How insecure in your own non-belief must you be to get worked up over a football coach quoting a Bible verse?