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March Madness Foul: The Freedom From Religion Atheist Group Attacks Top NCAA Basketball Teams Over Chaplains
Contact: 4 Winds, 608-469-7956

MADISON, Wis., March 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- March Madness is sweeping the United States for the NCAA Basketball Championships. At the same time, the Freedom From Religion (FFR) is harassing six teams for having chaplains.

Louisville, Wichita State, Maryland, Oklahoma, Kansas and Virginia are being pressured to provide FFR their financial records. However, the chaplains are not being paid by the universities to do Christian work. (Global Dispatch)

Last fall, FFR did the same to top NCAA football teams throughout the United States, but their charges were found to be false. They were attacking Christian leaders for working with athletes in their spare time on a voluntary basis.

"Freedom From Religion claims they support freedom of speech, but they continue to attack Christians," states 4 Winds Christian Athletics President Steve McConkey. "They were founded in the 1970s because they did not like pro-life people and the founder was part of the Zero Population Growth movement to control the population. Not your average citizens."

Steve McConkey is the President of 4 Winds Christian Athletics (4 WINDS). Steve and his wife started working in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. 4 WINDS was formed in 1988 and expanded to all sports in 2014. Steve regularly appears on worldwide radio and is frequently quoted in articles throughout the world.

"If enough Christians and institutions stand up, Freedom From Religion will not be able to bully people," says McConkey. "When a society loses its Christian foundation, eventually no one benefits, even atheists. Christians need to pray and realize this is a spiritual problem as non-believers want to impose their made-up morality on others."

Steve has a Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University with honors and a BS-Public Health from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Steve became a Christian in 1976 after reading the New Testament.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but moved to NW Wisconsin after the sixth grade. Ministry headquarters have been in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and now in Madison, Wisconsin where Freedom From Religion is located. Steve operates Big Planet Watch and Track and Field Report at BigPlanetWatch.com.

According to an article at the Global Dispatch, Freedom From Religion says, "One in three Americans under the age of 30 identifies as nonreligious, making it very likely these chaplains are imposing their religion on students who are not religious and just want to play basketball."