by Allen West
Y’all know I’m a big time University of Tennessee football fan and a 1983 graduate from ol’ Rocky Top. Today at noon is one of the big games for me as the Volunteers take on my home state Georgia Bulldogs down between the hedges at Sanford Stadium in Athens Georgia. Last year’s game was a heartbreaker, an OT loss for the Vols by a field goal. Sadly I will be on a train heading out of Connecticut to Maryland’s eastern shore, namely Salisbury. I’m quite sure all my good friends will be shooting me updates.
However, passionate I am about Tennessee Volunteer football, I am even more passionate about my Judeo-Christian faith, and something has happened which has pissed me off, and it’s personal.
As reported by Fox News, “A religious watchdog organization is demanding the termination of public prayer practices at the University of Tennessee football games along with documentation of email communications between two Mississippi universities and their Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. In a cease-and-desist letter to the University of Tennessee, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) urged the football program to discontinue their practice of “opening football games and any other University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) events with prayer.” “When you’re not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it’s really very grating.”
“This is a public university, not a Christian club,” wrote FFRF co-president Annie Gaylor. “When you’re not religious or are of another faith and you get prayed at during events, it’s really very grating.”
I’ve had it with this atheist group which fails to understand that the first amendment states that we have a “freedom of Religion and the free exercise thereof” in America. I do not see it saying there is a freedom FROM religion. I need to simply say to Ms. Gaylor, shut the heck up and take your crap back to Wisconsin and keep the hell out of the south and SEC Football country. I’ve had it with these anti-religious zealots who push their agenda against the rest of our country.
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Atheist group who wants to ban prayer at University of Tennessee games should stick their heads up their fourth point of contact – Allen B. West – AllenBWest.com.