Tuesday, March 27, 2007

True or False?

I know this is old news but I was shocked when I found out about this in an email from a friend of mine. I did some research on this and found like anything else there are two sides to every story. The question now is who is telling the truth? You decide for yourself.
ACLU say's No Crosses on Federal Property!
Have you seen or heard of this story in the news awhile back where the ACLU doesn't want any crosses on Federal property?
No Crosses on Federal Property? Let them try and remove these. What are these people thinking? Enough is Enough. This needs to stop. I really feel if there is any truth to this at all something is very wrong with our Government they have gone to far this time we have to draw a line and we the people should put a stop to it now before it is to late.
Separation of church and state, the result of a U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the Constitution's First Amendment, has been a hotly contested issue for decades. How that separation should be interpreted and enforced has been at the heart of such issues as the Pledge of Allegiance in schools and the Ten Commandments in state courthouses. But does the separation mean that war dead buried in government owned cemeteries must be interred only with secular type headstones?
ACLU Says
Why does the ACLU want to remove crosses from federal cemeteries?
The ACLU is not pursuing, nor has it ever pursued, the removal of religious symbols from personal gravestones. Personal gravestones are the choice of the family members, not the choice of the government. The ACLU celebrates this freedom to choose the religious symbol of your choice. Read more about the ACLU's stance on religious freedom.
ACLU Upset At Marines
If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying. The incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms.
These are federal employees, says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately. When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said Screw the ACLU.
In an email response to queries concerning the above anecdote, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) stated the following:
In regards to the latest urban legend that includes a picture of Marines praying and a quote from a supposed ACLU spokesperson, we have no knowledge of this event nor have we ever had a spokesperson by the name of Lucius Traveler. Nor, for that matter, does the Commandant of the Marine Corps have a spokesman named Colonel Jack Fessender. I couldn't find any evidence that the ACLU has ever taken a position against U.S. military personnel — or, indeed, federal employees in any branch of government engaging in prayer. This incident is a complete fabrication.
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