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Issue: "Comfort and joy," Dec. 24, 2005

Mr. Jones says such restrictions violate soldiers' First Amendment rights. "There is a movement in society and in the military to deny and stifle the Judeo-Christian principles this nation was founded upon," he says, adding that he would prefer a policy that allows all chaplains-Christian, Jewish, or Muslim-to pray according to their conscience in any context.

Mr. Jones sent a letter, signed by 70 congressional colleagues, to President Bush requesting an executive order to protect the "constitutional right of military chaplains to pray according to their faith" regardless of the context. The call for "nonsectarian prayer," according to the letter, "is merely a euphemism declaring that prayers will be acceptable only so long as they censor Christian beliefs." If the guidelines are implemented at the Air Force, Mr. Jones believes, "they may well be implemented throughout the entire Department of Defense."

-Stefanie Hausner is a journalism student at Patrick Henry College

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