Coach Dispute Article

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  1. gymforlord

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    Just an interesting article a friend sent me

    Jr. College Coach Resigns After Religious Signs Removed
    By The Associated Press

    ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — Central Alabama Community College
    baseball coach Don Ingram resigned after the school removed two signs
    bearing religious messages from the outfield fence.

    The 8-foot by 12-foot signs, sold to sponsors for $1,000 apiece, were
    taken down after the community college received complaints because of
    their religious nature.

    An individual paid for a sign reading "John 3:16" that was sponsored
    by the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. The second
    sign, sponsored by Prospect Baptist Church, read: "True success is
    finding out what God wants you to do, then doing it."

    "I resigned because I will not compromise my commitment to my Lord
    and Savior, Jesus Christ," Ingram said in a letter mailed to his
    latest signing class. He added that he didn't fault school
    administrators for the decision.

    Ingram had coached the Trojans for the past eight years. He will
    remain as coach and athletic director until his contract expires on
    Aug. 31. He will then serve as an ex-officio member on the board
    choosing his replacement.

    CACC president Linda McGuirt ordered the signs removed on March 1.
    She cited Alabama State Board of Education policy stating that, "The
    use of facilities shall be compatible with the philosophy, functions,
    and objectives of the institution."

    Dr. Amelia Pearson, provost and dean of instruction, said the
    outfield fence of a public institution wasn't the appropriate place
    for such messages. She said defending against a potential lawsuit
    wouldn't be the proper use of public funds.

    "We appreciate his position on this and he appreciates ours," Pearson
    told The Alexander City Outlook in a story Thursday. "It's a very
    amicable situation. He's not hostile towards us and we're not hostile
    toward him in the slightest. He just felt like that's what he needed
    to do."

    Ingram, a member of Prospect Baptist Church, said he felt like he
    needed to take a stand for his beliefs.

    "I just felt like in this situation, God was pushed back and that's
    not a position he needs to be in," Ingram said.

    "We have to be willing to stand up for what is right. That's why I'm
    taking this stance."
     
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    Do you have a link for this?
     
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    No-sorry, I don't-was just sent to me in an e-mail.
     
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    Okay...I would've loved to have been able to have linked it to my blog. Thanks!
     
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    No sweat. It's a wonderful, inspirational article. May God Bless this coach richly for taking a stand. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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    I agree wholeheartedly! We neeed more athletes & coaches to come forward like this brave man.
     
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    What a wonderful man of God! What a wonderful testimony! I pray the Lord Jesus will find this man another baseball program to run soon, according to his perfect will.
     

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