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BACKLASH: Football fans tackle atheist group trying to blitz pre-game prayers

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An atheist group has their sights set on stopping pre-game prayers for one college football team.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which seems to rear its ugly head any time someone mentions God, alleges that the University of Toledo head football coach Matt Campbell violated the Constitution by leading his team in a prayer before a Sept. 15, 2012 game against Bowling Green State University, according to the Toledo Blade.

To get an idea of just how ridiculous the foundation’s case is this time, it didn’t write to University of Toledo President Dr. Sharon L. Gaber until May 21, 2015, after it was contacted by an alumnus who watched a video of the prayer titled “All Access: Toledo Rockets Pre-Game” taking place on YouTube.

In the letter, the foundation claims the prayer was “a serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment” and it is “afraid it still continues” as Campbell is still the head coach of the team.

The foundation wrote that because coaches hold high influence over their players some team members might feel forced into participating in the prayer.

“By incorporating a Christian prayer into the team’s pregame activities, Coach Campbell sends a message of exclusion to those players on his team not in conformity with his personal religious beliefs,” the group wrote.

On the Blade article’s comment section many fans expressed anger over the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s latest contrived controversy.

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