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US Air Force withdraws guidelines allowing evangelism

[JURIST] Chaplains in the US Air Force [official website] will no longer subscribe to a code of ethics that endorses the evangelizing of service members not affiliated with any religion, Air Force officials have announced. The move comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed [JURIST report] by a Jewish graduate of the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) [official website] who claims that other service members illegally imposed Christianity on him. In June, a military report [PDF text; JURIST report] detailed religious insensitivity at USAFA, but found no overt acts of religious discrimination. Reuters has more.

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