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  •  There needs to be a bright line here. (7+ / 0-)

    No religious broadcasting on AFR.  Yeah, it would be nice to have a "sunrise service" on the radio for the guys in the field, but once you cross the line and permit religious broadcasting, this is the risk that you take, that "apocalyptic visionaries" will spread their venom and young soldiers will be influenced by it.   Do we need our own version of Wahabbi Weekly News?  I think not.

    Because everyone has one. Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 04:57:20 AM PDT

    •  I disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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      Traditionally this was handled well.

      Here's an example. The Schuller/Crystal Cathedral program Hour of Power has been carried for around 30 years. The program is provided free of charge to AFN minus the "commercials". This means all appeals for money or gift offers are deleted. If service members or their families wish to write the program on their own, that is their right. But no solicitation is allowed. While Schuller is too conservative for my taste and features guests like Dr. Laura and Bill Bennett, he is pretty much the most mainstream of all the TV preachers.

      So the AFN gets a mainline protestant church service for free to broadcast on its network.

      I see nothing wrong with carrying it. I certainly prefer it to Rush et al. Our service personnel and their families have the same rights as any other American. They could watch this show at home, they can watch wherever they are stationed. Same-same.

      Larry Craig called Bill Clinton a "nasty, bad, naughty boy." Which came first--the pot or the kettle?

      by homogenius on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 12:40:07 PM PDT

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      •  There is definitely somethng wrong (2+ / 0-)
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        Do they provide Muslim broadcasts? Buddhist? Rastafarian? Catholic? Jewish?

        Separation of church and state means just that. Yes we should make ONE exemption and have chaplains in the military (who are supposed to be open to all religious beliefs) because of the circumstances. Soldiers risk death. And the Chaplain is the one person in the military you can go to regardless. Who can likely go over the head of anyone in your chain of command if necessary. (The Micheal J Fox movie re viet nam illustrated that fact. The military even makes sure soldiers know they have this outlet).

        But the state should not be involved in religion period.

        "All you have to do to qualify for human rights is to be human" An 11yo Girl. Unbossed.com

        by cdreid on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 02:30:50 PM PDT

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        •  No, it should be religion-neutral. (1+ / 0-)
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          Service personnel and their families should have as close to equal access to the spiritual resources they had back home as possible. And the DoD should make a good faith effort to do that in as neutral a way as possible.

          Larry Craig called Bill Clinton a "nasty, bad, naughty boy." Which came first--the pot or the kettle?

          by homogenius on Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 09:07:29 PM PDT

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