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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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