John Powell is going into his second season as the chaplain of the Ole Miss football team. Unlike coaches and staff who are considered state employees, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) funds Powell’s position.
Last spring, the group complained about the Clemson football team having voluntary Bible studies and chapels for its athletes. The Clemson coach was also accused of using his Christian faith to recruit athletes.
"As Christians in sports, we need to pray that Christian sports organizations have the freedom to minister on campuses throughout the United States," said 4 WINDS President Steve McConkey. "The Freedom From Religion Foundation organization is relentless. If all attacked teams stood-up, their efforts would be stopped. Keep in mind, twenty-three California universities recently kicked Inter Varsity off their campuses."
McConkey says most people do not know the connection between Freedom From Religion and the abortion industry.
Anne Nicol Gaylor started Freedom From Religion in 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin. During that same year, after being a part of the Zero Population Growth group, Anne Nicol Gaylor, a University of Wisconsin chemistry professor, and his wife started the Women's Medical Fund which provides money for abortions.
In 2004, Anne Nicol Gaylor stepped down from Freedom From Religion, but she is the mother of current co-director Annie Laurie Gaylor. The Women's Medical Fund is still operated by the mother.
As of 2010, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Women's Medical Fund had written nearly 19,000 checks for abortions. On Form 990 in 2012, Freedom From Religion listed a grant given to them by the Women's Medical Fund.
"The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not just about abolishing Christianity," says 4 WINDS President Steve McConkey. "What they really desire is to eliminate Biblical standards that Christians uphold. This is obvious when you see the connection to abortion."
4 WINDS is a Christian ministry for all athletes. Currently, they are speaking out against issues that are coming into sports. Recently, they took a stand against the United States Olympic Committee's homosexual policies.
Steve McConkey is the President of the sports ministry 4 WINDS. Steve and his wife started working in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. 4 WINDS expanded to all sports in 2014. Steve operates TrackandFieldReport.com and BigPlanetWatch.com. He has a Masters of Public Health from Western Kentucky University and a BS-Public Health from Minnesota State University. Steve became a Christian in 1976 after reading the New Testament.