Saturday, July 19, 2008

The ACLU, Prayer, and Annapolis

The American Civil Liberties Union has requested that the US Naval Academy stop it's moment of silence prior to the brigade's noon meal. ACLU considers this a form of mandatory religious practice in violation of midshipman civil rights according to the July 29, 2008 issue of Christian Century weekly newspaper (page 17). To me, the Civil Liberties Union is going too far. Perhaps a moment of silence does make some midshipmen uncomfortable, but an important part of the curriculum at the US service academies is to take students out of their zones of comfort. Standing in respectful silence is a duty an officer of our armed forces must perform at times, and what with the rigor, by design, of academy life standing for a moment of silence might seem to be a vacation.

4 comments:

Robin Edgar said...

Surely the ACLU must be aware that the right to remain silent is a fundamental civil right in the U.S.A. ;-)

Anonymous said...

The ACLU is rather up on the right to remain silence. It lags on the concept that there might be appropriate times & places to do so.

--M.H

Anonymous said...

Will these same midshipmen pray if they're on a ship being torpdoed?
The ACLU doesn't understand there is no constitutional law against prayer but there is a law against government interfering in religion.

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