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October 20, 2005

After false religious discrimination charges against Christians...guess who's now being discriminated against

From The Hill...

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) is spearheading the effort to persuade the Bush administration to ease the Pentagon’s policies on prayer.

Jones will send a letter to the president tomorrow to make the case that Christian military chaplains in particular have been muzzled by the Department of Defense (DoD).

The letter initiated by Jones has gathered 32 signatures....

“We are disappointed and gravely concerned to learn that the Christian military chaplains are under direct attack and that their right to pray according to their faith is in jeopardy,” the letter says.

The lawmakers contend that the Air Force guideline calling for nonsectarian prayers “is merely a euphemism declaring that prayers will be acceptable so long as they censor Christian beliefs.”

The conservatives’ criticism comes against the backdrop of religious scandals that have rocked the Air Force, forcing the service to revise its guidelines on religious tolerance.

The guidelines were developed after allegations that evangelical Christians wielded so much influence at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs that anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment had become pervasive.

The new guidelines discourage public prayers on all but rare occasions. They also say that chaplains must be sensitive to those who do not welcome offerings of faith.

The complaints in the Air Force Academy nonsense were transparent in their effort, not to expose any real discrimination, but to silence Christians. Nevertheless, it has been used as a club to beat Christians in the Air Force with ever since.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 20, 2005 05:57 AM

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