The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning the overtly religious social media postings of football coaches at the University of Mississippi.
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 @CoachHughFreeze.
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.
The official Ole Miss Football webpage also regularly displays coach Maurice Harris' tweets, which are similarly religious in nature. Recently, the university published this tweet by Harris: "God's comfort soothes us perfectly. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13."
"As a state-run institution, the University of Mississippi is bound by the Constitution's Establishment Clause, which 'mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,'" to quote the U.S. Supreme Court, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover writes to University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter. "Ole Miss violates that constitutional mandate when it promotes religious statements or allows its employees to promote their personal religious beliefs while acting in their official capacities."
So glad to see that see that when atheists organize, they're just as obnoxious as the religious groups they condemn.