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Marquette University

Column: Football should be Xs and Os, not proselytizing

A football season begins, and with it comes religion on the gridiron. Solemn prayers whispered before kickoff. Players from both teams kneeling together in the middle of the field when it's over. Nothing wrong with any of that. Everyone is free to express their faith, no matter what they believe. But some universities and high schools have gone too far. When a college team hires a chaplain, it sends a clear message that everyone is expected to fall in line spiritually. When a coach takes part in a mass baptism at high school stadium, which happened recently in a small Georgia community, it doesn't take a constitutional scholar to recognize the predicament. So, before we get...