ICC Note: As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently demanded that the football coach at the University of Mississippi, Hugh Freeze, refrain from posting faith-based messages on his personal social media accounts. However, despite the criticism, Freeze has continued to share Bible verses with his 180,000+ followers. The First Liberty Institute has spoken out in support of Freeze and encouraged him to ignore the FFRF’s demands.
By Garrett Haley
04/18/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – The head football coach at the largest university in Mississippi continues to publish Bible verses and Christian messages on his personal Twitter account, even after a prominent professing atheist organization took issue with his posts and demanded that he stop promoting religion on social media.
Hugh Freeze is the head coach of the football team at the University of Mississippi, a position he has held for five years. An outspoken Christian, Freeze regularly takes to Twitter to share Bible verses or inspirational Christian messages with his 182,000 followers.
“Corporate worship is designed to keep us from ever taking the redeeming love and grace of our Lord for granted,” he posted on March 19.
“Since our standing with God is based not on our righteousness but on Christ’s, in moments of failure, we can run to Him and not from Him!” he wrote on March 6.
“It is only when the peace of God rules my heart that I can know real peace with others!!” he Tweeted on February 17.
Although Freeze’s Tweets receive hundreds of likes and shares, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) expressed opposition his social media posts. In a recent news release, the group warned that the coach’s messages are potentially unconstitutional due to their “overtly religious” content.
“Though FFRF respects Freeze’s right to tweet as a private citizen, he may not promote his personal religious beliefs while acting in his capacity as a university employee,” FFRF said in the release.