#1 ACLU tries to halt mealtime prayer at Naval Academy
06-25-2008, 09:34 PM
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ACLU:A national civil liberties group is renewing a push to end mealtime prayer at the U.S. Naval Academy, where a group of midshipmen recently complained to officials that they felt pressured to participate in the longtime practice.
The tradition, believed to date back to the college's founding in 1845, now involves a chaplain's leading grace before a noon meal that all 4,200 midshipmen must attend at King Hall. Midshipmen are not required to pray, though they must stand during the recital, and most bow their heads.
Nine students recently approached the American Civil Liberties Union for help in getting the academy to end the practice. In a letter recently sent to the academy's superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, the ACLU threatened legal action.
"The government should not be in the business of compelling religious observance, particularly in military academies, where students can feel coerced by senior students and officials and risk the loss of leadership opportunities for following their conscience," Deborah A. Jeon, legal director for the ACLU of Maryland,
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06-26-2008, 12:51 AM
06-26-2008, 10:53 AM
These midshipmen donít know of this fine tradition when theyíre coming in? Give me a break!At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
06-26-2008, 12:24 PM
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It's stupid that they had to go this far. Get prayer out of schools.
06-26-2008, 12:58 PM
It's tyranny of the minority over standards and tradition.
People should get it out of their heads that this nation was supposed to be devoid of religion.
Institutions and society can be as religious as they want....but it's specifically about establishing one. The founders wanted to make sure that there was never again somehting like the Church of England.
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06-26-2008, 08:37 PMThe tradition, believed to date back to the college's founding in 1845, now involves a chaplain's leading grace before a noon meal that all 4,200 midshipmen must attend at King Hall. Midshipmen are not required to pray, though they must stand during the recital, and most bow their heads.
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06-26-2008, 08:55 PM
The other thing that's annoying about this is the hypocrisy of the ACLU. If this were a Moslem institution, they'd have no problem with people being compelled to stand by and show respect during prayers.
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