Athletes in Action, a part of Campus Crusade for Christ (“Cru”), is a group with a very straightforward goal:
Since 1966, Athletes in Action has been using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus.
That’s all fine. They have a right to promote their faith as they wish.
But here’s a question for you: Why is Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine giving the organization $300,000 so they can promote Jesus to students?
“For more than 45 years, Athletes in Action has helped competitors of many ages,” said Attorney General DeWine. “I am pleased that this grant will help them continue to serve Ohio communities through athletic programming.”
AIA will use the grant to initiate new, or accelerate existing, sports and training projects for Ohio youth, with plans to reach more than 3,700 athletes and students over a two-year period.
At no point in his bulletin does he mention the organization is a Christian one.
It’s not even like DeWine can say the money is earmarked for secular purposes. AIA is very clear that everything they do is about promoting Jesus. There’s no way around that.
Ohio’s direct financial contribution to AIA, a Christian youth sports ministry that uses “sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus” guarantees that there will be impermissible advancement of religion. To suggest otherwise would be disingenuous.
Why is public money going to a Christian ministry? And how does the Attorney General, of all people, not see the inherent problem here? Even if the money wasn’t coming from taxpayers, why is a government office indirectly promoting Jesus with this announcement?
DeWine owes the citizens he represents an explanation for why they should have to pony up for the inevitable lawsuit if this continues.
FFRF is asking for “immediate corrective action.”