Foundation for Moral Law Defends Auburn Chaplain
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MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for MoraLlaw (FML), a nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Montgomery, AL, has denounced the attempt of the Foundation from Religion Foundation (FFRF) to silence Rev. Chette Williams, the Chaplain for Auburn University’s athletes.
FML President Kayla Moore, in a letter to Auburn University President Jay Gogue, advised Auburn University that “the University is free to acknowledge God, and the First Amendment protects the right of Auburn athletes to engage in voluntary prayer after athletic events. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Marsh v. Chambes recently that the Nebraska Legislature could employ a legislative chaplain. And unlike the Nebraska legislature that paid its chaplain, Chaplain Williams’s salary is paid by outside organizations.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe agreed with Ms. Moore, saying “The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Amendment added by the voters to the Alabama Constitution, protect the rights of Alabama athlete to pray in this matter. Under the guise of freedom of religion, the FFRF would suppress the rights of these Auburn athletes. The FFRF is starting to believe the misleading rhetoric of their name; the Constitution protects freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. We would fully support the right of any Auburn athlete to refuse to participate in these prayers, but those who don’t want to participate should not silence those who do.”