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  • ON WOUNDED KNEE: LIBERTY FIGHTS FOR PRAYER RIGHTS IN ENDZONE

         Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, has asked a U.S.
    District Court judge to rule if "the NCAA's new unsportsmanlike
    conduct code restricts freedom of religion by penalizing players
    who kneel in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown."  Liberty
    players have made it a custom to give thanks after they score,
    but under the new NCAA rules they would receive a 15-yard
    unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and be ejected if they did it
    again.  Falwell said players "draw attention to God, not
    themselves" with their holy act.  Falwell: "I think they got some
    bad advice when they were doing the necessary work of getting rid
    of war dances and taunting and those things."   (Andrew Bagnato,
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/1).  In Washington, J.A. Adande writes that
    the NCAA "may be on shaky legal ground" with their new rule
    (WASHINGTON POST, 9/1).
    

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