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University of Tennessee still kicks off with prayer

ADF official comment
Published On: 10/18/2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Travis Barham regarding the University of Tennessee’s decision to continue its tradition of opening home football games and other events with prayer:


“Public universities should respect, not squelch, the religious traditions of students. We applaud the University of Tennessee for continuing prayers at events, including football games. Federal courts have repeatedly recognized that the Establishment Clause does not require universities to purge their events of all things religious. The chancellor was right to align with the 6th Circuit which recognized that ‘[t]he people of the United States did not adopt the Bill of Rights to strip the public square of every last shred of public piety.’”

Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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