Atheist activists have made it no secret that they're looking to strip certain acts of prayer out of football programs at public schools and universities across America, with a 2012 YouTube clip sparking the most recent debate over athletics and the First Amendment.
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A video featuring college football coach Matt Campbell that was filmed at the University of Toledo in 2012 has led the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, to call for an investigation.
Captured on a GoPro camera that was attached to former Rockets kicker Jeremiah Detmer's helmet, Campbell is seen praying with his players.
It was captured before a game that the school played against Bowling Green State University on Sept. 15, 2012, and was placed on YouTube in October of that year, Toledo's the Blade reported.
In a letter to the university sent on May 21, 2015, the Freedom From Religion Foundation said that a concerned graduate of the school alerted the organization to the video, calling the coach's participation in prayer a "constitutional violation."
"In a video posted on the University's YouTube page entitled 'All Access: Toledo Rockets Pre-Game' Coach Campbell can be seen calling his team together before the game," the letter reads. "All the players are on one knee and Coach Campbell joins them on one knee before grabbing hands and leading the team in the Lord's Prayer."
The text continues, "Coach Campbell remains the head coach of Toledo Football and we are concerned this practice continues."
Around the two-minute mark in the video, Campbell is seen telling his players in the locker room that they have much to be thankful for before leading them in the Lord's prayer.
"Every one of us has so much to be thankful for. A great night to play football," he said. "Play it with your brothers and what an opportunity. Let's be grateful for it."
Watch the clip below:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the University of Toledo to investigate and take action to stop "any and all prayers occurring within any university athletic programs."
Campbell declined comment to the Blade, with the university acknowledging that it received the letter and is reviewing it.