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September 29, 2006Victory for Chaplains’ Prayers

U.S. lawmakers today agreed to strike current restrictive regulations in the Air Force and Navy that prevent chaplains from praying according to their faith and conscience in public venues.

Amanda Banks, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said the Defense Authorization Act of 2007 includes language to rescind previous provisions forbidding chaplains to pray according to their conscience.

“It was a compromise. They went from a 2006 model back to a 1999 model,” she said. “What we were shooting for was specific language giving chaplains the right to pray according to their own conscience. So there is not any specific language in there now, but the bad language is out.”

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