Update: ACLU Investigation Into New Mexico State to Include Prayer Allegations

November 3, 2005

Source: ESPN

Wire Service: AP


On November 3, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a law firm hired to look into allegations of religious discrimination by the Aggie football program to also investigate an allegation that players were required to recite the Lord's Prayer at practice this week. The ACLU New Mexico filed a grievance Oct. 25 against Aggie head football coach Hal Mumme, alleging he discriminated against a released Muslim player by repeatedly questioning him about al-Qaida. The grievance filed on behalf of former running back Muammar Ali also alleges the football staff required the team to recite the Lord's Prayer at the end of each practice. The grievance seeks a public apology from Mumme and disciplinary action against him. The ACLU also asked that NMSU provide diversity training to all students and employees."