Monday, November 29, 2004

Rumsfeld supports Scouts meeting on military bases / The Washington Times INSIDER

Rumsfeld supports Scouts meeting on military bases / The Washington Times INSIDER
"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has entered the fray over the Defense Department's relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, endorsing in a letter to the House speaker continued support of Scout troops who meet on military bases.

At least three conservative Republican lawmakers have sent letters to Mr. Rumsfeld protesting a Bush administration partial legal settlement of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union's Illinois chapter. The Justice Department, representing the Pentagon, agreed to warn military commanders not to officially sponsor Scout units.


The ACLU contends the government sponsorship violates religious freedoms since the Boy Scouts require members to pledge allegiance to God. "

1 comment:

  1. I remember covering a similar story in my home town when a church-related group of some kind used the grounds of a grade school in the evenings. Nothing really came from it because the school district had a policy of allowing non-school organizations use the facility as long as it didn't interfere with school activities. If the Pentagon issues some sort of policy regarding outside groups using the facilities, that's great. All of us paid for those facilities and we should be able to use them as long as it doesn't interfere with their primary use. If that policy somehow restricts their use based on religious bias, now we have a problem.

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