Proselytizing Banned at Military Induction Centers

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) - Americans entering the military often receive Bibles, courtesy of the Gideons International.

But the Gideons have been told that while they can leave complimentary Bibles at most military induction stations, they
cannot stay there to proselytize or preach to the recruits.

Daniel Trew, public information officer for the Military Entrance Processing Command, says the policy was recently established after concerns were raised by the American Civil Liberties Union. He says a Gideons member at one induction station was addressing new recruits, which could suggest that the military supported Christianity.

Trew says the Gideons have agreed to abide by the policy.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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