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Friday, September 12, 2014

What happens when you cross ignorance of law, bad legal advice and a college president without a backbone?

At Arkansas State University, you get an unconstitutional violation of religious rights.

According to Todd Starnes at FoxNews, the ASU football team was told to remove a memorial decal from their helmets after Jonesboro attorney Louis Nisenbaum complained because part of the memorial included a cross.

The cross decal was meant to memorialize former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, said athletic director Terry Mohajir. Weyer was killed in a June car crash. Owens was gunned down in Tennessee in January.

“It is my opinion that the crosses must be removed from the helmets,” university counsel Lucinda McDaniel wrote to Mohajir. “While we could argue that the cross with the initials of the fallen student and trainer merely memorialize their passing, the symbol we have authorized to convey that message is a Christian cross.”

But according to Article 6(d)(1) of the official rulebook of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), “Persons or events may be memorialized by an insignia not greater than 1-1/2 inches in diameter on the uniform or helmet.”

This clearly indicates the school is practicing unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination against the football players.

Help set the record straight… TAKE ACTION!

Send your email to ASU President Charles Welch, urging him to reverse a decision based on poor legal advice and protect the rights of football players to place the memorial sticker, with the cross, on their helmets.

You may also send an email directly to the Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir and University Counsel Lucinda McDaniel.

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