Monday letters: Clemson mixing church, state

05/05/2014 12:00 AM

05/02/2014 3:57 PM

A retired Clemson University professor recently observed: “Clemson is Bob Jones University with a football team.” Recent events suggest that this observation is something more than humorous.

The university has simply denied an illegal entanglement of church and state in Coach Dabo Swinney’s football program without responding to the specific charges leveled by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The coach has simply denied that he proselytizes players, despite evidence to the contrary.

Recently,45 Clemson faculty members used their academic status to promote Christianity to students and others in a full-page ad in the student newspaper, which I believe was in violation of the University Faculty Manual and of long and honorable academic tradition.

Having taught at Clemson for 20 years myself, I deeply regret such violations of the letter and spirit of the law because they diminish an otherwise formidable institution that is important to me, to our state and to the nation.

Roger B. Rollin


Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service