September 1, 2005
The United States Air Force has issued new guidelines to its commanders that caution against promoting any particular faith - or even "the idea of religion over nonreligion" - in official communications or functions like meetings, sports events and ceremonies.
The guidelines discourage public prayers at official Air Force events or meetings other than worship services.
They do allow for a brief nonsectarian prayer at special ceremonies such as those honoring promotions or in what is termed "extraordinary circumstances" like "mass casualties, preparation for imminent combat and natural disasters."
The guidelines were written after complaints from a few cadets at the Air Force Academy who said that Christian leaders were using their positions to promote their faith.
You know what "non sectarian" means, don't you?
It means you can't pray in the name of Jesus.
Since all other religions deny the deity of Christ, only the evangelical Christian chaplain is affected by this ruling.
Jesus remains the offense.
Always has and always will.
In New York, I'm Cal Thomas.
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