May 25, 2007

Protests Work: Military Backs Off Georgia Evangelical Event

According to The Washington Post (via The Boston Globe), the U.S. military has taken steps to distance itself from the Georgia evangelical rally following complaints by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Since the AU press release was just issued recently, it is nice to see such swift action.

According to the article,
A Washington-based advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sent letters yesterday to Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren contending that the military's extensive cooperation in the event would be unconstitutional.
The Air Force responded by claiming it was unaware of the religious focus of the event and indicating that it would seek to avoid endorsing the religious components of the celebration. While I am disappointed that the Air Force was unwilling to pull out completely, this concession would not have happened with action by Americans United. In addition, it appears that the Army may have pulled out completely if they were ever involved.
"To fail to understand this problem until it was pointed out to them is a little odd, but nevertheless I'm glad they're making these changes," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United.
I agree, and I applaud Americans United.

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