Florida State University Coach Enters Air Force Debate

May 18, 2005

Source: Sun Sentinel


On May 18, 2005 the Sun Sentinel reported, "Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden said Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry is fighting the government over the role of religion on his team. Bowden brought up DeBerry while speaking to the Southern Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Sunday. Last season DeBerry was asked to remove a banner from the locker room that bore the Competitor's Creed, including the lines, 'I am a Christian first and last... I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.' 'Fisher is fighting a heck of a battle over here at your academy [with] the U.S. government,' Bowden was quoted as saying in the Gazette of Colorado Springs. 'He's fighting a heck of a battle because he happens to be a Christian, and he wants his boys to be saved. I want my boys to be saved.' Bowden's comments came as a Pentagon task force investigates claims of religious intolerance at the academy, including cases in which a Jewish cadet was told the Holocaust was revenge for the death of Jesus and another was called a Christ-killer by a fellow cadet."