ACLU Trying to Silence Prayers at Annapolis

The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again. In what amounts to nothing less than the restriction of free speech, the ultra-liberal organization is trying to end the Naval Academy practice of cadets engaging in a pre-lunch - completely voluntary - prayer at noon.

In think it's pretty disingenuous that - according to the story in OneNewsNow - the ACLU cites social pressure for those who may not wish to participate, as the reason to ask for the practice to end.

This is not the first time an organization has attempted to silence the optional prayers, which have been a long time tradition at Annapolis. The Anti-Defamation League unsuccessfully sought to get the Academy to end the noon prayers in 2005. Now the American Civil Liberties Union claims that even though the prayers are technically optional, social pressure compels students to join in -- and it has written a letter to the school seeking an end to the requirement that midshipmen stand for the noon prayer.

I find that the ACLU battles on the wrong side of the issue 99% of the time it seems. In a great deal of those battles they find themselves in opposition to Christian conservatives who are actually the true ones finding themselves working harder and harder, in this day and age, to defend themselves against the 'social pressures' that are mounting against our beliefs!

One who disagrees with the ACLU - former Naval Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt - makes a solid argument against banning the noon prayer:

"Well good grief -- does the First Amendment protect the freedom of religious expression? Does it protect the freedom of speech," he questions. "Or does it protect the easily offended ears of the bystander who really...is not harmed while other people are expressing their faith?"

America, says Klingenschmitt, is not the former Soviet Union where Christians had to either "lock Jesus in the chapel or go to underground churches."

Maybe that's just way too much common sense in such a condensed amount of words for the ACLU to comprehend.

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