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